Hot Rod is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Akiva Schaffer (in his directorial debut) and written by Pam Brady. The film stars Andy Samberg as amateur stuntman Rod Kimble, whose stepfather, Frank (Ian McShane), continuously mocks and disrespects him. When Frank becomes ill, Rod raises money for his heart operation by executing his largest stunt yet. The film also stars Jorma Taccone, Sissy Spacek, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Isla Fisher and Bill Hader.


Throughout his life, Rod Kimble has believed his dead father was a successful and respectable stuntman working for Evel Knievel. He aspires to follow in his father's footsteps and become a famous stuntman himself. His stepfather, Frank, does not respect Rod as a man, often going out of his way to beat him in sparring sessions and mocking his stuntman dreams. Rod makes many attempts at landing jumps with his Tomos moped, most of them unsuccessful. After another failed jump attempt at a public pool, he returns home to learn that Frank is in urgent need of a heart transplant that the family's health insurance will not cover. Angered at the thought of his stepfather dying without getting a chance to gain his respect and lose a fight to him at least once, Rod runs into the woods to let out his fury and tumbles down a steep hill. At the bottom of the hill he sees an inspirational billboard and gets an idea. Rod quickly heads over to his team (his childhood friends Rico and Dave and his half-brother Kevin), telling them he plans to do a jump over 15 schoolbuses and use the proceeds to fund Frank's surgery. He also adds Denise, his neighbor on whom he has a crush, to his crew.