Hot Rod

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Hot Rod
Studio: Paramount
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher
Director: Akiva Schaffer
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Our Rating: 0.50
Hot Rod tries too hard and with embarrassing results to channel the zany absurdism of Will Ferrell's recent comedies, sharing with them a crudely simple plot but none of the inspiration. Produced by Lorne Michaels and directed by SNL writer/director Akiva Schaffer, this is supposed to be the vehicle to launch SNL 'funnymanâ?� Andy Samberg. (Dane Cook hasn't been around long enough to warrant knock-offs, but alas â?¦ .) With no discernable talent, Samberg mugs and dances and falls and caterwauls his way through this film's putrid 88 minutes as a wannabe stuntman aiming to secure $50,000 for a heart transplant for his belligerent, dying stepfather (Ian McShane, for some reason), only so he can prove his worth to the old man by kicking his ass once he's better. This movie feels like it was written as it was being filmed, which might explain the inordinate number of non-joke jokes: We're supposed to laugh simply because a phrase is repeated over and over again, only in louder decibels. News flash: It wasn't funny the first time, nor is the running gag of Samberg colliding with nearly every form of ground transportation. The absolute dregs of American comedy.

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