Hot Rod (2007)… is a “Guilty Movie Pleasure”

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This week on GMP, Ben Begley and Cameron Louis break down Hot Rod!

Hot Rod is a 2007 American comedy film co-written, directed by, and starring members of The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer). The film stars Samberg as an amateur stuntman whose abusive step-father, Frank (Ian McShane) continuously mocks and disrespects him. When Frank grows ill, Rod raises money for his heart operation by executing his largest stunt yet. In addition to raising money for the operation, he also does so to win Frank’s respect, by kicking his butt. The film also stars Taccone, Sissy Spacek, Will Arnett, Danny McBride,Isla Fisher and Bill Hader. It was directed by Schaffer (in his directorial debut) and distributed byParamount Pictures.

The film was originally drafted by Pam Brady (who retains full writing credit) as a vehicle forSaturday Night Live star Will Ferrell, but the project never commenced. Lorne Michaels convinced Paramount to let The Lonely Island, who were growing famous for their work on SNL, take over the film. The group subsequently re-wrote the film with a heavy emphasis on offbeat surreal humor. The film was shot in Vancouver over the summer of 2006. The film’s soundtrack was composed by ex-Yes guitarist, Trevor Rabin, and the film features several songs by the Swedish rock band Europe.

This IS a Guilty Movie Pleasure… We’re talking about 2007’s Hot Rod! #GMP

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