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Hot Rod | 2007 | PG-13 | - 5.6.5

Andy Samberg stars as Rod Kimble, an accident-prone young man who believes he's the son of Evel Knievel's test-rider and considers himself to be a stuntman. With the help of his crew (Jorma Taccone, Danny McBride, Bill Hader and Isla Fisher), Rod plans an audacious jump that will raise $50,000 to pay for his abusive stepfather's (Ian McShane) heart surgery. Also with Sissy Spacek. Directed by Akiva Schaffer. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A young woman is shown leaning into a young man preparing for an exaggerated open-mouth kiss, they do kiss, the young man protests to her open mouth and they kiss again more tenderly. A slightly older man refers to a young woman as his "little girl" and then proceeds to kiss her passionately (they are a couple).
 A man rubs oil on a young man's back and bare chest and it appears to be sexual in nature (nothing else is shown). A young man raises his shirt to show a vulgar tattoo on his stomach (the tattoo is of a man urinating in two different directions and the young man explains that he believes that someone can actually urinate in two directions if they have had sex and a bit of semen residue remains in the urethra).
 Two dogs are shown in a sexual position, a picture shows a horse behind a man in a sexual position and although we do not see details, sex is implied.
 Women are dressed in bikinis and swimwear showing cleavage, thighs and abdomens. A young woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A man is shown reading a magazine with scantily clad women on the cover (cleavage, bare abdomens and legs are visible). A young man's bare chest is shown in a couple of scenes. A young man is shown in his underwear, and we also see a young man wearing an athletic cup on the outside of his clothing.
 A movie poster on a bedroom wall shows several men bent over showing their underwear with their pants down around their ankles.
 There are several scenes where a young man and a young woman kiss and caress each other. A young man and young woman kiss for an extended period of time with their mouths closed. A young man and young woman are shown lying on top of one another, on top of a car, and kissing.
 In several scenes, a young man dances in a sexual manner, repeatedly pumping his body and thrusting his hips back and forth.
 A young man looks at a young woman's mouth longingly as she drinks a soda. A young man and a young woman flirt.
 A young woman gives a young man mouth-to-mouth and after he regains consciousness he asks his friend if it looked like they were "making out."
 A man talks about having "sex with the wives of wizards." A young man asks a young woman out on a date. A young man refers to having sex by saying "knocking boots." A woman holds a sign that reads, "Sleep with me Rod." A reference is made to a young man kissing his sister. A young man tells another young man not to fall in love. A young man tells a young woman that she looks pretty, becomes embarrassed when he is asked to repeat what he said and ends up insulting her.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - There are several fighting scenes between a stepfather and his stepson, and in one the two fight with sticks (there is no blood and no apparent injuries but we hear the sounds of the impact, bones being cracked, and lots of moaning and groaning): one man is slammed against the wall and onto the floor, one man puts the other in a headlock, one rips off the other's fake mustache (we hear the ripping sound), one places his hands on a burning hot grill (we hear the sizzle and see steam), and one is struck directly in the face with a cane, a lamp and an elbow.
 A young man has an accident, he describes what happened and we see a piece of metal sticking out from his head (there is dried blood caked around the wound). A Chinese star is thrown and shown sticking out from a young man's chest (there is no blood).
 People dressed as a grilled cheese sandwich and a taco fight: one beats the other with a chair and a red liquid that's supposedly blood oozes on the floor.
 A young man beats a man up with several punches and kicks and dumps a can of garbage on him.
 A mob is shown repeatedly kicking a man in the street in the middle of a riot where people are looting and setting things on fire: an angry man throws a trash can through a car windshield, a car is overturned and bursts into flames, and a woman is pushed out of her wheelchair and beaten.
 We see a wooden platform, where a young man is standing, explode; he is thrown in the air (he appears uninjured) and wooden particles are thrown into a nearby audience. A young man is shown on fire during a performance at a birthday party and the children are frightened.
 A man is shown pulling out a gun and shooting at the lock on a barrel where a young man is locked.
 A young man is thrown through a wall, a young man falls through a fence, a young man is banged against a car, and a young man is struck in the head with a brick. A young man is struck repeatedly with a parking cone, and in another scene by a gang of children holding baseball bats, and again with bats while hanging upside down like a piñata.
 A young man is held down in a pool of water by two other men, at his request, and he flaps his arms for them to let him up but the other two hold him down until he goes limp; when they finally let him up he floats on the top of the water as if he is dead, a young woman performs CPR on him, he vomits in her face (we see goo) and then he is OK.
 A young woman and young man practice Tai Chi: the young woman shows the man a move that makes someone lose control of their bowels by striking him repeatedly in the stomach and the young man leaves awkwardly after apparently defecating in his pants. A young man strikes another man repeatedly in the stomach and the man apparently defecates in his pants (nothing his shown).
 A young man attempts to ride a motor scooter up a ramp and over a mail truck: he flips over, crashes into a ramp on the other side and then the ground, hitting his head in the process (he is wearing a helmet and appears uninjured) and he stands up and vomits (we see goo and hear gagging).
 A young man jumps over a fallen tree and tumbles down a very long hill while crashing into rocks and trees (we hear him grunting and groaning on the way down and he moans when he reaches the bottom). After a failed stunt a young man slides across the pavement (we see no blood or gore, but there are crunching sounds), and during another stunt attempt a young man careens down a steep road strapped to a skateboard, crashes into a parked camper, breaks through the door, and we hear glass shatter and moaning. There are several scenes where a man is shown being struck head on by a moving vehicle or object, like a washing machine swinging from a tether; we see and hear the impact and see the man fly into the air and land hard on the pavement with a grunt and a thud.
 A man drives his car and strikes a raccoon on purpose (we hear a squish).
 A young man tells a man that he wants him to recover so that "I can beat you to death." A man is shown being carried into an ambulance on a stretcher and the paramedics say he has a week to live. There are several scenes where a young man tells his stepfather that he is going to beat him up and threatens to "smash his face in," and to kill him. A young man recounts a very gruesome accident in graphic detail about how bicycle handlebars went through someone's head and exploded through the skull. People yell at each other, argue and call each other names in several scenes. We hear that a man is dying from a heart condition. Lyrics of a song refer to a "dead man." A young man is told that his father died by choking on some pie. A young man makes a crude comment about needing to defecate. A young man talks about having a hormone disorder. A young man wears a T-shirt with "Devil's Playground" across the front. A young man says he has demons inside him.
 A young man swings a nightstick and strikes a lamp breaking it. A young man slams a door in anger and the window shatters. An angry young man tears posters off a wall and stomps on a cape. A man throws paper fliers at people walking by. A young man lights a firework, and he stands around with other people waiting for an explosion but nothing happens.
 A young man shoots a water hose in someone's face and eye.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 4 sexual references, 14 scatological terms, 22 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 1 reference to being a racist, name-calling (idiot, tool, loser, moron, rugrats, pathetic, devil, Satan, mountain face), 4 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A young man is seen smoking a cigarette that could be tobacco or marijuana, and drinking from a wine bottle, in several scenes characters are seen drinking beer, a man is shown guzzling beer, a man orders an alcoholic drink in a restaurant, two young men drink beer while saying that they "like to party," a young man is seen in a grocery store with a cart full of liquor, and a man yells "whiskey" over and over during a stunt. A man admits to getting high on drugs, which is the cause of an accident that lands him in the emergency room. We see prescription drug vials on a man's night stand.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Step-children, step-parenting, death of a parent, step-children needing to earn the love of a step-parent, death, dying, sibling rivalry, disappointment, blended families, parents lying to children, hormone disorders, not feeling good enough, respect, being a man, resistance to change, failure, quitting, selling out, serendipity, destiny, fear, manhood, embarrassment, heart transplants.

MESSAGE - Believe in yourself regardless of what anyone else thinks. Don't live your life to please others.

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