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They say that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but the same definitely can’t be said of films. You can just tell by looking at some posters just how poor the film is, and that was the case with “Hot Bot”. I noticed it instantly and thought to myself “wow, that looks like a tacky as fuck movie” and so I decided to watch the trailer. As expected, it looked tacky and immature, but I strangely still wanted to watch it.
In many ways the trailer basically strikes me as being a mash up between 80s classic “Weird Science” and gross-out comedy “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”. I like both of those films but I can’t imagine a mixture of the two being anywhere close to any good.
I could be entirely wrong and the average score of 3.4/10 on IMDB could be tremendously harsh….but yeah, I don’t think that’s going to be the case.
I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for a lack of reviews recently. As mentioned in my last review I have left my full time role and currently only have a part time role. As well as spending most of my time applying for a lot of jobs, I am taking any hours I can at the part time role and have worked three 12+ hour shifts in just over a week, and I’ve had two shifts that total 21 hours in the last two days, with only a 7 hour gap in between. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but I just wanted to put into context why there haven’t been as many reviews as normal recently.
Anyway, onto the review.
Limus (Haley) and Leonard (Pearlman) are two sexually frustrated teenagers when one day they encounter a sex robot named Bardot (Kirchner). She actively tries to sexually arouse them and often succeeds, but she is constantly interrupted by schoolmates and family.
It turns out that the robot was actually meant to be delivered to Senator Biter (Miller), and he orders his two hence-men (Anderson and Masterton) to track Bardot down. Limus meanwhile is developing more than just an interest in Bardot and falls in love with her, although he struggles with the fact that he’s falling in love with a robot.
As time moves on, Bardot learns about further aspects of humanity, such as religion, and it isn’t long before she becomes frustrated with Limus and Leonard, abandoning them.
So, as you would expect?
Had I seen this film when I was younger, i/e an early teenager, then chances are that I would have loved this film, but I’m not in my early teens, nor have I been in my teens for twelve years, and whilst there are certain aspects of the film that I did like and I do feel that 3.4/10 on IMDB is harsh, I would struggle to find an individual aspect to the film that I actually liked.
The humour is exactly what you would expect from a film that relates to a sex robot, and I believe that my earlier statement of being the lovechild of “Weird Science” and “Zack and Miri” is actually somewhat accurate. It’s not quite a gross out comedy, but there is definitely a LOT of immaturity to the plot.
You know, I really want to sit here and tear into this film because it’s really not a good film at all, but there are so many parts to it that I found myself liking that I thought I wouldn’t. Despite being incredibly one dimensional, I liked a lot of the characters, especially the two security personnel played by Anthony Anderson and Danny Masterton, both of whom are no strangers to the comedy genre after starring in TV comedies towards the end of the 90s/early 00s, but I think that’s also a big problem as well, the potential isn’t really tapped into.
Every time there is a genuine chance for the film to be heartfelt, it ends up resulting in jokes about sex again, and it quickly wears very thin. Whilst the character of Limus does have a tiny bit of development, Leonard doesn’t change at all from minute one to minute ninety-one, it’s just the same tiresome act all of the way through, and it’s just so hard to get behind him. It’s strange because I really couldn’t imagine the two being friends in real life.
However, the main problem for me is that the film feels like it’s out of place. About 15/16 years ago there was a bit market for sexually-driven comedies aimed at teenagers, such as “American Pie” and “Road Trip”, amongst others, but “Hot Bot” not only missed the boat on that one, but it didn’t set off for the dock. The world has moved on from teen comedies like this, and there isn’t really a place for it these days. As I say, had this been released during that gross-out teen comedy phase then it might have stood a chance, but alas, the era is long gone.
I really want to come up with a big positive for “Hot Bot” but I can’t think of any reason to recommend that you watch the film. It’s not as bad as it would appear from the trailer and the IMDB score, but it’s certainly not much better.
A film that I can neither praise for more than tiny parts, nor criticise too heavily and feel like I’m being fair, “Hot Bot” feels like a movie that has been specifically designed for adolescent boys to entertain themselves with. It’s like all of the teen comedies of the late 90s/early 2000s, but without the genuine humour.
Every chance to develop is quickly wasted by unfunny dialogue and a completely unrealistic situation. It is watchable, but not really enjoyable. That aren’t many likable bits, but even when there is promise of more, it quickly wastes that opportunity.
I won’t go as far as saying to avoid it, but I definitely won’t actively say it’s good.