Hot Rod (2007) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Paramount || PG13 - 87 minutes - $29.98 || December 16, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-12-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Writer(s): Pam Brady (written by)
Cast: Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Isla Fisher, Sissy Spacek, Will Arnett


Theatrical Release Date: August 3, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Ancestors Protect Me: Behind the Scenes of Hot Rod
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

Movies that rip off of television shows that are funny in an attempt to be funny should never be made. Hot Rod is just that, and so much worse. With great lines such as:

“Have fun being married to Satan!”
“I’m crazy agile, and I have a date!”
“We’ll take three flaming Dr.Peppers.”

It’s hard not to imagine this movie being a barrel of laughs and more. Okay, not really.

Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) is some sort of daredevil trying to raise money for his ailing father by doing stupid stunts. For some reason he does them in a mustache to make himself look funnier and give a joke to the audience.

As the video game nerds all say... Epic Fail.

Rod is in love with the always gorgeous Denise (Isla Fisher) who is currently dating Jonathan (Will Arnett). Always true to the crappy clichés that haunt movies, Rod continually tries to get Denise only to be blocked by Jonathan at every turn.

So Rod continually does stunts to get his father surgery to save his life, gets beat up by little kids and poke fun at how someone says “whiskey.” Yes, “Hot Rod” chose to rip off of Fox’s “Family Guy” in one of the worst non-comedy scenes in the history of movie making.

There really is no rhyme or reason for this movie to even be discussed even more. The fact that it was somehow funded is even more disturbing. What’s worse is that normally funny people like Will Arnett and Bill Hader are thrown away with crappy roles and boring lines.

Go back to "Saturday Night Live" Samberg, at least you were mildly amusing there. You’re no Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, or even Horatio Sanz. Whatever happened to him anyways?

“Im Rod Kimble, stuntman extraordinaire.” No, no you’re not.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone - At several points the actors continually point out how hard it was to not flub lines and laugh while acting in the movie. Apparently they must have been watching or acting in something else.

Ancestors Protect Me: Behind the Scenes of Hot Rod (8 minutes) – For some reason this has an annoying green bar on the right side. It’s a short piece about the movie. Akiva makes a joke about “Dane Cook passing on the movie.” I’m not sure if it was true or not but it was a good move for his career.

Home Video Footage of Orchestra (1:30) – Why??

Punch – Dance (2 minutes) – Samberg talks about some of the scenes in the movie. If he’s trying to be funny while describing the scenes, he’s solely mistaken.

Kevin’s Video (4 minutes) – Something about Rod’s career as a stuntman. Or attempts at stunts. Also not funny.

Finally some Deleted Scenes, Bloopers, and the film’s Theatrical Trailer (HD) are available.

Everything included in this extra package is a waste of space, as none of it is entertaining or worth looking at.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Presented in VC-1 codec, the video is problematic right from the start. Color tones are slightly off, and most of the movie has a dark tone to it. The colors appear drowned out in such a way that they actually lose some of their tones as the movie progresses. Contrast is also slightly off as a few scenes are actually brighter and darker throughout the movie. There were no artifacts or edge enhancement found, which is a good thing. But nothing spectacular with this transfer of Hot Rod can be said.

With the English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track, the usual happens with this type of film. It suffers from being a comedy with little to no action. While the dialogue is kept at steady levels throughout the film, there is no action (except in maybe two scenes) where anything besides the front speakers are even remotely used. Even the action scenes are fairly low-key with this TrueHD audio track.



.::OVERALL::.

This is one of those movies that should have been direct-to-video. There is no reason to bother with this movie. “Hot Rod” is more like “Dull Rod.” Alright, that wasn’t too funny. Just like the film. With disappointing audio and video, a crappy special feature package, and one of the worst films to date, you’d have to be a fool to buy this. Purchasing this movie is the equivalent of losing brain cells.