Now playing in cinemas nationwide
One word captures the true essence of the Lonely Island’s debut feature film, “Hot Rod” and that word is “hoobastank.” The brilliant trio behind the Lonely Island are Akiva Shaeffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg. Their brand of humor unapologetically borrows from ‘80s references in a self-aware-but-still-in-denial type of parody. They want you to think that they know what they are doing isn’t exactly cool but that this self-degradation is, in fact, very very cool. Andy Samberg plays Rod Kimble, a self-proclaimed stuntman who (besides getting his ass repeatedly kicked by his stepfather) played by Ian McShane (‘Deadwood’), desperately tries to continue the legacy of his late stuntman father by attempting small stunts of his own. In the midst of trying to advance his stuntman career Rod learns that his stepfather needs a $50,000 heart transplant. With help from his buddies and a childhood friend played by Isla Fischer (“Wedding Crashers”), Rod sets out to raise the money by performing one major stunt in order to save his stepfather’s life so he can finally earn his respect, by kicking his ass. If ridiculously and poorly executed stunts, superb ‘80s dance montages, random sweet-ass bouts of dialogue, and fake mustaches are your cup of jell-o, then cool beans. If you aren’t familiar with any Lonely Island references, you need not worry. This film is as unpredictable as a fight between a grilled cheese sandwich and a taco. Akiva, Jorma, and Andy have set the standard pretty high for buddy comedies everywhere and there is certainly nothing lonely about that………..hoobastank.