Sunday, 19 August 2012

The Retrospective: Hot Rod.

Hot Rod poster.


Hot Rod

Director: Akiva Schaffer
Release Date: 28th September 2007
Certificate: 12A
Starring: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Sissy Spacek, Ian McShane and Will Arnett.

Hot Rod, the feature debut from, now, SNL veterans and mock-rap enthusiasts The Lonely Island is one to watch and always will be if you’re into stupid humour. In fact, the opening scene sums up the film and the inherent laziness of all the characters. “Did you reinforce the ramp?” Obvious answer to this is no and shows the ambition and hopefulness of these characters that you’ll soon be sharing a painful 87 minutes with. This is The Lonely Island’s film; Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone are the leads while Akiva Schaffer goes behind the camera to string it all together. This was their feature-length debut and it had to bring together their inherent silliness and make it enjoyable for a full film; a challenge to continue on from their shorts but they succeeded.