Hot Rod 2007 ***

The success of Brooklyn 911 seems to suggest that Andy Samberg has finally caught a break; the Saturday Night Live star has struggled to find the right outlets for his talents; contrast his appalling turn in the equally appalling That’s My Boy to his fragrant work as part of The Lonely Island. His 2007 vehicle Hot Rod demonstrated his latent talent; as Rod Kimble, he’s an aspiring stunt-man, punch-drunk on his own hubris, who undertakes a dangerous motorcycle jump in a bid to make money for his father’s operation. With a strong ensemble, including Ian McShane, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Will Arnett, Akiva Shaffer’s film is a deliberately low-brow comedy with more laughs than many big-budget efforts.


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