James Dittiger
Gregory Kirschling
August 01, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hot Rod

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
88 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/03/07
performer
Ian McShane, Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher
director
Akiva Schaffer
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Pam Brady
genre
Comedy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

Hot Rod‘s highlight features the hero — a moped-riding Evel Knievel wannabe (Andy Samberg) — doing a dance in a forest that looks like ’70s-spastic Steve Martin reinterpreting Footloose. There are a few other minor laugh sequences in this puttering vehicle for the affable SNL viral-video star Samberg of ”Lazy Sunday” fame, but most of them (like a long goof on the phrase ”Cool beans!”) don’t really flow into the otherwise conventional frame of the movie. Wait until the best parts pop up on YouTube.

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