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.