Hot Rod

Theatrical Release: August 3, 2007
Hot Rod


Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Taylor is preparing for the jump of his life. Rod plans to clear fifteen buses in an attempt to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank’s life-saving heart operation. He’ll land the jump, get Frank better, and then fight him, hard.

Dove Review

This movie is “Wayne’s World” meets MTV’s show and movie “Jacka”. Andy Samberg is hilarious as Rod, a young man struggling with his destiny while trying desperately to earn the respect of his step-father Frank. He is encouraged to use his talents as an amateur stuntman to help save the life of his stepfather and hilarity ensues. The film does include some great little catch-phrases and memorable lines.

The movie did not receive the Dove Seal for several reasons. There is a short video clip of animal’s having sex, use of the F word, and a depiction of drug use. None of the stunts showed blood but this movie should definitely not be seen by anyone who may be impressionable enough to try them at home.

Content Description

Sex: Dancing with hip thrusts; instances of boy-girl kissing.
Language: F-1; S-10; A-9; H-9; G-2; GD-2; OMG-3; Slang for male genitalia-4; Slang for female genitalia-1.
Violence: Bike crash, fight with sticks, two instances of crash into van; man pushes man; vivid description of death; shooting of gun; man on fire; tower explosion; two instances of kids beating man with sticks; man with metal in head; costumed characters fighting with fake blood; fight with sticks, bricks, throwing star, and a grill.
Drugs: Smoking; three instances of drinking, instance of drug use.
Nudity: A lewd painting without nudity; man in underwear; men, women, and children in bathing suits.
Other: Two instances of man throwing up; discussion of beating up step-father throughout film; a video clip on a computer of two dogs mating for about five seconds.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Pam Brady
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Producer: John Goldwyn
Genre: Action
Runtime: 88 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Carrie Clark