In film, there is something known as the B-movie phenomenon.  That’s when a movie is so bad that it actually becomes enjoyable.  The double feature Grindhouse which was released on DVD not so long ago really drew upon that B-movie legacy to create a modern-day example of the seventies exploitation films best known for their B status.  It’s a fact – the B-movie is back.  Much of the new generation of comedy is drawing from this phenomenon, that it can be so bad that’s it’s actually hilarious and enjoyable to watch.  Truth is, it actually works when it comes to shorts on SNL and YouTube videos.  But a whole movie?  That’s the cultural experiment that the new movie Hot Rod ended up being.

Starting this December 16th, now available on Blu-ray Disc from Paramount Studios Home Entertainment comes the inspiring story of the man who will jump any obstacle to become the greatest stuntman of all time.  Hot Rod – Blu-ray Disc is ready to jump into your heart and explode in a fireball of hilarious.  Bring home this cult classic today!

Starring Andy Samberg and what has to be most of the current Saturday Night Live crowd, Hot Rod is wholly uninspiring.  Isla Fisher stars in the film as well and, although certainly good looking, continues to be an unconvincing actress.  The one shining star is the brief Bill Hader, even funnier than he was in Superbad, but with far less screen time than the only hilarious character in the film deserves.  Danny McBride, now more famous from when he starred in this movie (thanks to Foot Fist Way, Tropic Thunder and The Heartbreak Kid) is the funniest background character in movie history.

The special features on the DVD were lame and I said so when I reviewed it.  But on the Blu-ray, they’ve stepped up their game.  There is commentary by Akivia Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jarma Taccone, the original theatrical trailer in high definition, some outrageous outtakes, overwhelmingly hilarious deleted and extended scenes and a great and truly funny look behind the scenes.

There’s a proverb to the effect that a good band can’t sing a bad song, that because they’re so good, everything they do will be good by default.  There’s a Hot Rod shaped exception to that rule and this film fits right through that hole.  Although every actor and actress in this film is funny, most of the characters are not funny and the movie falters with every step.  The story itself is wholly abysmal at best.

Yet here is where I am forced to change my opinion from when I first watched this on DVD.  The movie is still abysmal and unconvincing and uninspiring.  But it’s still hilarious!  I don’t know how they did it, but the “Whiskey” joke is one I tell at least once a week and I quote this movie more than almost any other.  If you don’t like it and think it’s stupid the first time, watch it again.  If it doesn’t change, watch it another time.  If you don’t think it’s funny, you’re still missing out.  A lot.

Hot Rod is flaming hilarious, but give it time and watch it a whole bunch of times.

This Blu-ray Disc is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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