To put it bluntly, the movie is lame and boring. It’s not a bad movie; it’s just not that funny either. Hot Rod is about a kid that dreams of becoming the greatest stuntman in the world. His stepfather begins to have heart problems, so it is up to Adam Samberg’s character to get enough money to help him out. We see all the misadventures with him and his crew as they get ready for one major stunt.
The movie attempts to behave in a Napoleon Dynamite style and manner, but it doesn’t have a good script to back it up. The movie just plops along aimlessly from one sad bit to another without much compelling comedic elements to keep your attention. It feels like they were making it up as they were going along.
Samberg isn’t that funny, and most of the best bits were shown in the trailer. (Except for one funny scene involving a riot.) Yet, I have to give him credit for trying to make low budget film. There were a few bits here and there that gave me a chuckle or two. However, there are too many attempts at Napoleon Dynamite to call anything in this film original.
Like I said, it is not a great or good movie, but so-so. If you have money to burn, rent it. Otherwise, avoid this film.
The movie is set in the present, but certain things make you feel like the movie set in the late 70s early 80s. Superbad had that same feel.___________________________________________________