Dec 31 2009
Some of you may want to kill me for this title. But any of you who enjoyed movies like Billy Madison can appreciate this article. Hot Rod is one of the best comedies of the past three years and I have to share why that is. I know movies like Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall fall in this three year time period but just bear with me here.
Hot Rod consistently gets better each time I see it and if that’s not enough of a reason believe me, I will explain myself. I personally believe that comedies just don’t exist like they used to. Today it’s a lot of “shock value” and visual type comedy that granted is very funny but I don’t particularly think that random and hard to come up with.
I miss the days of totally weird references and stuff that makes you think “what the hell?” and then you laugh your ass off. And I think Samberg and his boys nailed it with Hot Rod.
So you want to know why it’s so awesome? Here you go….
1. Old School Random Adam Sandler Humor
Not to take anything away from your Old Schools, 40 Year Old Virgins or even Forgetting Sarah Marshalls because those movies are excellent. However, when was the last time you saw random humor like the stuff you saw in Billy Madison? You know random stuff like the Penguin and the Sloppy Joe lady? The old Adam Sandler stuff was full of that. The dude at the ice rink in Happy Gilmore is a perfect example of this. You just don’t see that anymore. Well you sure as hell do in Hot Rod. From the weird old man oiling up Samberg to the offbeat laughing to Chris Parnell to the “Cool Beans” routine, Hot Rod is full of the funny random stuff we haven’t seen in like 10 years.
2. Supporting Cast
I shouldn’t even have to explain this considering 3 of these guys are on my Top 5 Supporting Comedic actors list. But let’s just talk about how awesome Danny McBride, Bill Hader and Will Arnett are. I mean come on. And even Jorma Taccone is hilarious. We won’t even talk about Richardson yet. Honestly Samberg isn’t even close to being the funniest thing about this movie. No one can hold a candle to McBride but hearing Arnett yell and Hader make his weird faces are enough to make this movie way up there.
This video says it all. No movie has had a character like this since the old “Poop Again” guy in Billy Madison. This guy is simply incredible.
4. Amazing References
People don’t realize how brilliant some of the past movie references are in this movie. First of all, that Footloose scene is amazing. And then the unnecessarily long fall down the hill with the screaming is right out of Family Guy. I love unnecessarily long things. Then you’ve got music from the movie Midnight Express. Yes, Midnight Express. I mean how the hell did they come up with that? Again, this falls under the random stuff category.
Something tells me that Samberg had a lot to do with this simply because of all the videos he makes on SNL. From Footloose music to that awesome pump up song when they are walking to the jump site at the end when the riot breaks out. Then you’ve got the training music. I think music placement is an art in comedy. When you have a completely ridiculous scene accompanied by serious motivational music it brings so much to that scene and I think Samberg knows exactly what to do in those moments.
* Bonus Reason – Staying Power
This movie gets better every time I watch it. As in you find new things to laugh at. A great sign for a good comedy. Think Ace Ventura.
So there you have it. If you agree fine. Disagree fine. I just had to say it.
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