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The Hammer (2007)

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Writers (WGA):
Kevin Hench (screenplay)
Adam Carolla (story)
Comedy | Romance | Sport more
Some Guys Don't Know Their Destiny Till It Hits Them In The Face. more
Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer... more | add synopsis
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The Hammer (From The AV Club. 24 June 2008, 9:03 PM, PDT)
Opening This Week (From IFC. 17 March 2008, 6:55 AM, PDT)
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Comfortable Hammer more


 (Credited cast)

Adam Carolla ... Jerry Ferro
Oswaldo Castillo ... Oswaldo Sanchez
Harold House Moore ... Robert Brown

Christopher Darga ... Mike LeMat
Jonathan Hernandez ... Victor Padilla

Heather Juergensen ... Lindsay Pratt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Alayo ... Boxer Opponent

Rian Bishop ... Nationals Trainer

Antonio Caballero
Derrick Deane ... Gym Member
Lorenzo Eduardo ... Posse Member #2

John Enos III ... Steve

Kevin Ferguson ... Jeff
Jim FitzGerald ... Announcer

Alison Flierl ... Boxing fan

Julia Galasso ... Boxing Class Trainee

Keeshan Giles ... Posse Member #1

Stacy Michelle Gold ... Tarpits Visitor
Leah Gottfried ... Secretary

Andy Hnilo ... Knockout Victim
Karen Jefferson ... Hardware Store Cashier

Justin Kelly ... Construction Worker
Jeff Lacy ... Malice Blake
Billy Moses ... Boxing Student
Tom Quinn ... Coach Bell

Lily Rey ... Waitress
Bruce Schroffel ... Timekeeper

Shadii ... Malice Blake Entourage / boxer

Robyn Sheridan ... Boxer

Ray Siegle ... Final match referee
Keith Stanisiewski ... Hardware Store Customer
Jimmy Walker Jr. ... The Oldtimer

Constance Zimmer ... Nicole
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Additional Details

Rated R for brief language.
USA:88 min
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The gym featured in the movie was built by Adam Carolla and Oswaldo Castillo during Adam's years as a carpenter. After completing the gym, Adam instructed the morning boxing class and Oswaldo was hired as the maintenance guy. more
Continuity: In order to open the door to Jerry's pick-up, he has Lindsay lift the handle while he kicks the door from the inside. When they return from their date to the tar pits, Lindsay simply opens the door using the outside handle, but does not have to kick or push to open it. more
Jerry Ferro: Who hangs a heavy bag with toggle bolts? more
Movie Connections:
Featured in "Siskel & Ebert & the Movies: (2008-03-22)" (2008) more
Eye of the Tiger more


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11 out of 14 people found the following comment useful:-
Comfortable Hammer, 1 April 2008
Author: jon.h.ochiai (jochiai@socal.rr.com) from Los Angeles, CA

"The Hammer" starring Adam Carolla is a sentimental and sweet story of reclaiming one's greatness. Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, "The Hammer" plays like an independent film, mostly because it is. Kevin Hench wrote the screenplay for "The Hammer" from a story by Adam Carolla. Consequently, the movie has an autobiographical feel. Before Carolla became a morning talk-radio star or host of "Loveline" with Dr. Drew, he was a carpenter and boxing instructor. In fact he was Jimmy Kimmel's boxing coach. In "The Hammer" Adam Carolla plays 40 year-old Jerry Ferro, a journeyman carpenter, who works odd construction jobs around Los Angeles County. His good buddy is barely understandable Nicaraguan immigrant Oswaldo (Oswaldo Castillo), and his partner in construction. Jerry also teaches boxing at a local sports club.

One day after being fired from his job, Jerry spars an up and coming professional boxer as a favor. Jerry takes a beating, but drops the fighter with a solid left. This catches the attention of Coach Eddie Bell (Tom Quin). Bell enrolls Jerry into trying out for the Olympic Boxing Team, through regional competition. 20 years ago, Jerry walked away from a shot at the Olympic Team as a promising young amateur. So now at 40 years-old and fired from his job this may be Jerry's last shot. However, it marks the end of his relationship with suffering girlfriend Nicole (Constance Zimmer). Jerry finds out that he is contending for the light-heavyweight spot against young talented Robert Brown (brash Harold House Moore). Robert has a bright career in front of himself, while Jerry struggles to recapture the greatness of his youth. But Jerry is smart and has great heart. Also Bell's intentions are not entirely transparent.

Things begin to look up. Jerry musters up the courage to ask cute and smart Lindsay (sweet and charming Heather Juergensen) from his boxing class to go out on a date. Swamped public defender Lindsay agrees to a "day" date. Jerry and Lindsay spend a hilarious day at the La Brea Tar Pits. Carolla and Juergensen have a hysterical and natural chemistry. A perfect foil to Jerry's smart ass, Lindsay is solid and unflinching. There is a touching and funny scene when Lindsay kisses Jerry good night. She would have sex with Jerry, but Jerry has a big fight coming up and she doesn't want to "deplete" his chi. Their relationship is a touching surprise in "The Hammer".

Okay, "The Hammer" has formulaic "Rocky" charm and predictability. You have the requisite cathartic fight scene. However, it is its quirkiness and engaging natural banter that makes "The Hammer" so bitter sweet and heart felt. Adam Carolla has an easy and natural charm. He is great at embodying the smart ass and gentle soul of Jerry. As Lindsay, Heather Juergensen is the amazing combination of goofy and sexy. As Lindsay she plays it very smart, just flying under the radar. Like Carolla, she has an easy and comfortable presence. Harold House Moore is funny and charismatic as Robert. Moore also brings a refreshing humanity to the role.

"The Hammer" is sentimental, strangely comfortable, and refreshing. We all pull for Adam Carolla's Jerry as he hysterically and courageously reclaims his vestige of greatness. See "The Hammer". You'll be surprised and charmed.

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