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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

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    Review: “Hot Rod”

    By Kyle | August 3, 2007


    “Hot Rod” started to go bad about the time someone in casting said, “You know what? I’ll bet America is just about ready for the comedy stylings of Sissy Spacek.” This thing has more filler than a PathMark brand meatfurter. My review is up.

    Topics: Comedy, Movies, TV | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “Review: “Hot Rod””

    1. Drew Says:
      April 25th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

      Kyle, I haven’t read any of your other reviews, but judging on this one, I say you don’t have a very good sense of humor. You obviously can’t see that this movie is comedic genius. Now I love all different kinds of comedies, from Spinal Tap to Superbad. This is my number 2 comedy of all time, behind Spinal Tap. The fact that this movie is so out there and so random is what makes it hysterical. How can you not find the “punch-dance” scene, taken from Footloose, even a little amusing. Or the ridiculously long fall? Or just about anything that comes out of the mouths of Bill Hader and Danny McBride? And WIll Arnett? That guy is one of the funniest actors in the whole movie. You started out your review by inferring that Sissy Spacek is the comedic star of the movie. She’s not even in that much of movie for crying out loud! She’s a very minor character, that means she’s not the one who’s supposed to drive the comedy. I don’t know what you find funny, but maybe you should reexamine your sense of humor.