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One reviewer catches HOT ROD and says it's... um... differently abled, but that he still laughed his patootie off!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I must join the anonymous reviewer below... I'm the 2nd of three people that actually thought FREDDY GOT FINGERED was funny. The third was Tom Green's agent. Stupid, yes. But funny... just for Rip Torn. This one seems right up my alley. I love a good brainless, crude comedy.

Hi Harry, I just got back from watching a press screening of Hot Rod, the new Andy Samberg movie, at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. I loved it! Completely ridiculous and over the top, just like you'd expect from the Lonely Island guys. First a disclaimer -- I really like most of what Andy does on SNL with the digital shorts, including Laser Cats. I'm also one of three people on this planet who liked Freddy Got Fingered. So, if this turns you off, so will this movie. The film begins with a cold open of the jump from the trailer, albeit a little longer, and quite a bit funnier. The obvious premise is that Andy Samberg is a wannabe stuntman named Rod. The reason, however, is that he's grown up knowing that his dead father used to be a stuntman, too, evidenced by a photo taken of his dad with Evil Knievel. He's living at home with his mom (played by Sissy Spacek, of all strange things), his stepdad, and his half-brother. His stepfather has no respect for him and constantly beats him up in fights to prove that Rod he isn't a man. This is thrown for a loop, however, when Rod finds out that his stepfather needs a heart transplant that will conveniently cost $50,000 is needed so that he can live. Rod decides to jump 15 buses in order to get the $50,000 so that he can bring his stepfather back to health only to prove that he can kick his ass. The movie is a ridiculous mishmash of bizarre montages and a loose plot that involves friendship, family, and love. It's honestly Freddy Got Fingered without sex jokes, and substituting a stepfather for a real father. But I laughed my ass off at it. My friends that it was completely retarded, although they admitted it made them laugh a few times (a trademark Lonely Island-style song using only the words "Cool Beans" did it best, as well as a running joke -- with a payoff -- involving a taco and grilled cheese sandwich fighting). Would I recommend this? If you're a fan of just ridiculously silly humour and anachronisms (think Napoleon Dynamite), then this is for you. Otherwise, steer clear, torrent it, or wait for the DVD.

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  • June 13, 2007, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Rip Torn made 'Freddy' funny

    by lucasjackson

    Fuck me? Fuck you!

  • June 13, 2007, 5:23 p.m. CST

    This looks fantastic

    by SkeletonParty

    Is it a remake? I only watch things I've seen before.

  • June 13, 2007, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Think Napoleon Dynamite

    by Godardwhowhatnow

    Wow, if I didn't already hate this move, then I sure as hell do now! Andy Samberg makes Jimmy Fallon look like John Belushi.

  • June 13, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by ScamsAndFlams

    only a studio fern would compare his pet movie to the great freddy got fingered

  • June 13, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Not a Plant

    by aquarajoel

    Because a plant would tell someone to torrent the movie. Exactly...

  • June 13, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I didn't like this movie, but the review rings true.

    by Bungion Boy

    I laughed. More than once. But I never felt good about it. I saw this the day after I saw Superbad, which was a much better and funnier film. This just suffered by comparison. It's not good or well made. But it does have some funny moments. Maybe a worthy rental.

  • June 13, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Daddy would you like some sausage?

    by Lando Griffin

    Fucking brilliant

  • June 13, 2007, 7:19 p.m. CST

    I love the lonely planet guys

    by BadMrWonka

    and the SNL shorts they do...but freddy got fingered? how is that in the same category? I HATED that boring and unfunny...I doubt Samberg and his associates would love to be lumped in with that shite.

  • June 13, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST

    So, wait till video then...

    by The Dum Guy

    Unless it's like Freddy Got Fingered, I couldn't watch such a waste of time.

  • June 13, 2007, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Give me back that fucking Matrix immediately Hot Rod

    by photoboy

  • June 13, 2007, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Retarted but funny...

    by andrew coleman

    Saw the same screening and I laughed my ass off and thought this was much better than Napoleon but whatever. This movie will not be for everyone that is for sure.

  • June 13, 2007, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Thats Soap on a rope you idiot.

    by Booty Traps

    We can Live like Kings. We can live like Kings! nothing will ever be as funny as Freddy Got Fingered.

  • June 13, 2007, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Torrent it?

    by Zarles

    Fuck off. Take eight bucks out of your midget-and-donkey porn budget for the week and pay the Lonely Island guys what they deserve. Fantastic Four, this ain't.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Many people think that FGF was funny!

    by DerLanghaarige

    They recommend it to me all the time! Haven'T seen it yet, anyway.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST

    New Transformers Clip from Jay Leno!!

    by wadi77

    Download and save: <p>

  • June 14, 2007, 2:32 a.m. CST

    FREDDY GOT FINGERED is fucking awesome.

    by Harry Weinstein

    Still one of the decade's best comedies, and the decade's sorta winding down at this point. If the director's credit went to Takeshi Miike but otherwise it was exactly the same film, 2/3 of the people who hate it would be farting out their mouths about how awesome it is and how the mainstream audiences are just too stupid to get it. Apparently the arthouse audience is also too stupid to get it if it's in English and created by someone considered to be too "lowbrow" to take seriously. Fuck 'em all, FREDDY GOT FINGERED is the shit. Any Hollywood studio comedy that tries for genuine surrealism gets mad props over here, even if it falls short of the mark. Green's film does not fall short. The edges are rough but the structure is sound. The love story between the very weird Green and his wheelchair-bound nymphomaniac rocket scientist nurse is handled with an alarming amount of sincerity, and you really end up caring about if it works out for them or not. Part of what makes this film work, fuck the haters, is that it knows when not to go for the "shocking" cheap gags. There's shocking gags here, but for the most part they're not cheap ones, they're elaborate and berzerk. Lesser filmmakers would have kicked the girl in the wheelchair down a flight of stairs for a laugh. Green bravely makes her a credible romantic interest (and the film's voice of reason) instead. When characters mock her disability, it's not played for laughs and it isn't funny; Green's looking to make you squirm in your seat and it works. If there's one film of the 2000s that's overdue for a total re-appraisal, this is it. Save the venom for feces like HEARTBREAKERS or SAVING SILVERMAN. That crap is truly worthless.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:41 a.m. CST


    by Harry Weinstein

    ...comparisons of HOT ROD and FREDDY GOT FINGERED, coming from one of the few wise ones who liked FGF and is willing to admit as much in public, make me very curious indeed about HOT ROD.

  • June 14, 2007, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Hot Rod = Rodimus Prime

    by knightrider

  • June 14, 2007, 7:03 a.m. CST

    FGF is just about the worse thing I've ever seen

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Fucking piece of shit. Cant believe Drew fell for that twat. Its not funny so stop saying it is. Well I supose train wrecks are high comedy. Now tear me a new one.

  • June 14, 2007, 7:04 a.m. CST

    I do not like Andy Samberg

    by WolfmanNards

    And nobody else needs to - he likes himself enough that he doesn't need any attention. He must have a lot of mirrors at home. There's nothing unique about that prick. Why do people like him?

  • June 14, 2007, 7:44 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed Freddy Got Fingered...

    by beastie

    ...From the opening scene in the movie, Tom Green told the audience what he was going to do. By playing the song that the Sex Pistols broke up to, it was obvious that Freddy Got Fingered was going to be a big middle finger to the studios. I liked it for the rebellious manner in which it was made.

  • June 14, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Freddy Got Fingered is one of my favorites...kinda

    by HitchCock'n'Balz

    it's completely absurd and revolting at times..but come on...Sausage Piano...and his Cheese Helmet...funny shit.

  • June 14, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I own Freddy Got Fingered

    by slone13

    It's funny. Good day.

  • June 14, 2007, 9:48 a.m. CST

    and don't you dare rip Saving Silverman..

    by HitchCock'n'Balz

    They kidnap Neil Fucking Diamond in that brilliant film...and the Indian "replacmen' Diamond in the Rough" singer..priceless. - Oh Cherry baby..what you do to me..ohhh cherrrrry baby...

  • June 14, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Ahhhh, Silverman.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    "Just kill her" R.Lee's finest hour.

  • June 14, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    I'm another fan of Freddy got fingered!

    by Freefinger

    Hell, it was so freaking stupid yes, lotsa things that were on the same intellectual level has an origami, but funny? HELL YA! <P> For anyone who thought that the movie would be a funny one because of the previous movies Green did, well they were wrong. Why? Because they didn't actually watch Green going at it in his other movies. Road Trip had a story, then Green put a mouse in his mouth and freaked out when they put the snake on his hand. Now that was 100% Green.<P>The guy his a fucking genious for some "Unsuspecting Comic Relief". <P>Anyone who were fans before he left Ottawa to MTV's big money contract know this.<P> He painted his folks' house plad, he made statues of his dad and mom, one was his dad in a pose that looked like he was going to hit his mom with a baseball bat, the second was his dad doing his mom from behind, and he put those on the freaking front lawn. He also painted his dad's car hood, yes... Two lesbians going at it... Fucking priceless look on his dad's face when he wanted to take the car to go to work...<P>See that was his humour, and the FGF movie was about his shit, not someone else's. Anyone want to see those skits, it's worth it. I don't know if they're on Youtube yet, but try to find them, funny shit...

  • June 14, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by uss cygnus

    Competition Orange Lacquer and full fuckin' race cams, baby.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST


    by Strajder

    WTF? I thought this was about Transformers... my bad LOL

  • June 14, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST

    For SNL comedians

    by skimn

    I'll think I'll wait and back The Brothers Soloman w/the Wills. Arnett and Forte. But this may be worth a look if Cohen's lady is looking good.

  • June 14, 2007, 4:21 p.m. CST



    man, i like Adam too- but HOW MANY TIMES do we have to see the SNL break-out movie formula of 'wacky guy needs to come up with money in an impossible way before dad dies/old folks home gets demolished/club gets demolished..' and on and on and fucking on. I HATE sitting through these comedies with deadlines because we all know what happens at the end.90% they meet thier goal. and 100% of the time, they learn some sappy life truths, get the girl, and then we get a shot of old people making out or smoking pot. i just can't sit through any more of these.

  • June 15, 2007, 12:30 a.m. CST

    This movie is very average

    by Doc_McCoy

    Having seen the movie, I don't think the reviewer above sounds like a plant. I just don't think he has very high standards. This movie has a bunch of big laughs, I can't argue with that. But it's also a choppy mess full of missed opportunities. It wishes so much to be NAPOLEON DYNAMITE but all it does is make you realize that pulling off a movie like NAPOLEON, which seems so simple, maybe is more difficult than it seems. Samberg himself is the weakest part of the movie, he is outshined by several members of the supporting cast. I think a bunch of people will probably get a kick out of the movie, especially the type of teens that just don't know any better. But they'll probably have forgotten all about the movie two days later.

  • June 15, 2007, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Hot Rod is a Transformer

    by Dazzler69

    That caught my eye. Thought this was another TF bit.