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Rated PG-13 · 83 minutes · 2007

Andy Samberg stars as Rod, a witless suburban kid who sponges off his parents (Ian McShane and Sissy Spacek) and fancies himself a stunt rider. The script was a Will Ferrell discard and plays like one, with most of the comic scenes hanging limply on Rod's delusions of grandeur and any character interest snuffed out by the contrived, self-negating plot (Rod wants to raise $50,000 by jumping over 15 buses so he can buy his stepdad a heart transplant—and then kick his ass). Samberg can't carry this 2007 comedy, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, Jackass-style wipeouts and there are nice supporting turns from Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) as Rod's love interest and Bill Hader as one of his goofball friends.

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