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DVD Review - Hot Rod

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30th January 2009 - One thing I wish we had on New Zealand TV is ‘Saturday Night Live’, SNL, but for some reason its just never come to our shores and not even on SKY. But then thats what youtube is for I guess as any skit you may want to see from that show can be viewed there. So thats how I first found out about the guys who made this great comedy ‘Hot Rod’. I had actually heard of the film back in early 2007 as its a film based on a down and out daredevil which was a lot like the New Zealand film that was coming out around the same time called ‘The Devil Dared Me To’. So I was aware of it but I didn’t recognize any of the actors, except Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), but even that didn’t convince me to watch it.

Fast forward to early December 2008 and I stumbled along a new video on youtube that had only just been posted but already had millions of hits. It was called ‘Jizz In My Pants’. Well after watching it I was convinced that whoever made this video was very talented as it had the possibility of being a pretty crude comedy song but was in fact a very clever and very well made video. So I started researching into who these guys were and thats when youtube, as usual, produced gold videos of these guys who are from SNL. A bit more digging found that these 3 guys had been doing comedy videos on youtube for years under the title ‘The Lonely Island’ and then they made it big on SNL. Well thats when the link with ‘Hot Rod’ came to my attention. ‘Hot Rod’ was co-written by the 3 guys, directed by Akiva Schaffer, who also had a cameo in the film, and starred Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone. Having spent a few weeks laughing rather a lot to their videos I knew I had to get this movie out and see if they could put the same magic into a feature film...and they did.

‘Hot Rod’ is about a small time wannabe daredevil, Andy, who impresses the local kids with his stunts that never seem to really work out. But despite that he plows ahead with bigger and better stunts backed up by his dedicated posse of helpers, which also included Bill Hader (Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Danny McBride (Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder). This film just oozes these guys type of humor and it can go from solid comedy sketches to completely random over the top slap stick scenes. They even throw in some of their famous music comedy sketches with two very random music scenes. One of which is about ‘cool beans’ and I dare anyone not to watch that scene and not find themselves days latter still reciting the words ‘cool beans’. Comedy gold.

So I went into watching the DVD pretty sure I was going to like it but I ended up loving it. So a very solid 8.5/10 from me on this one.

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