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Hot Rod

Rated PG-13 88 minutes 2007

Andy Samberg stars as Rod, a witless suburban kid who sponges off his parents (Ian McShane and Sissy Spacek) and fancies himself a stunt rider. The script was a Will Ferrell discard and plays like one, with most of the comic scenes hanging limply on Rod's delusions of grandeur and any character interest snuffed out by the contrived, self-negating plot (Rod wants to raise $50,000 by jumping over 15 buses so he can buy his stepdad a heart transplant—and then kick his ass). Samberg can't carry this 2007 comedy, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, Jackass-style wipeouts and there are nice supporting turns from Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) as Rod's love interest and Bill Hader as one of his goofball friends.

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Director: Akiva Schaffer

Writer: Pam Brady

Producer: Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Miller and Jill Messick

Cast: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Isla Fisher, Sissy Spacek, Ian McShane, Will Arnett, Chris Parnell, Chester Tam, Mark Acheson, Brittany Tiplady, Ken Kirzinger, Britt Irvin and Alana Husband


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