Hot Rod (2007)

From IMDb: “Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble is preparing for the jump of his life – to clear fifteen buses to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank’s life-saving heart operation.”

What I like:

  • From the tone to the score to the montages, this movie is a loving homage to all the 80s movies that featured a person chasing a dream.
  • All the main characters are such lovably goofy and quirky outsiders, it reminds me of me and my friends.
  • I think I quote this movie (to myself) once a week. You might end up doing the same.
  • You’ll see a few actors in it that are household names now, but weren’t back then.

What I dislike:

  • zilch.

Overall: Of all the genres, I’m most picky with comedies; Hot Rod was the last comedy I truly loved, and it came out 12 years ago. It owns its silliness and does so in a serious way. I own the dvd and watch it repeatedly, but fortunately for you it’s on Netflix right now.

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production and has been published both online and in print for Los Angeles City College’s award-winning Collegian newspaper. He’s on Twitter and Instagram, and is also currently writing his first short novel.

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