The Hammer (2007)

The Hammer (2007)

The Hammer



Critic Consensus: Crass and curiously low-energy, The Hammer ultimately perseveres as both an above-average sports comedy and a perfect starring vehicle for Carolla.

Movie Info

Can a guy edging into middle age become a success fighting guys half his age? That's the big question behind this independent comedy. Jerry Ferro (Adam Carolla) is almost 40 years old, and he's spent most of his life going nowhere -- and taking his own sweet time getting there. While Jerry enjoyed some success as an amateur boxer when he was young, these days he's out of shape, drinks too much, and scrapes by working in construction. Through his work as a handyman, Jerry has landed a part-time … More

Rating: R (for brief language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kevin Hench, Charles Hench
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2008
Box Office: $0.3M
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as Jerry Ferro

as Lindsay Pratt

as Ozzie Sanchez

as Robert Brown

as Eddie Bell

as Steve Ellis

as LeMat Crew #1

as Malice Blake

as Posse No.1

as Posse No.2

as Victor Padilla

as Cousin #1

as Rose Salesman

as LeMat Crew No.2

as Ozzie's Father

as Announcer

as Final Match Referee

as Boxing Old Timer

as Photo Double

as Photo Double No.2

as Mad Moves Boxer

as Darius Reece

as LeMat Crew #2

as Announcer

as Jerry Double

as Photo Double #2
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Critic Reviews for The Hammer

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (16)

Much of the film's charm comes from its scruffy, self-effacing modesty; it's a relaxed, affable underdog about a relaxed, affable underdog.

Full Review… | October 5, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Yes, this comedy about a sad-sack, has-been boxer is painfully predictable and manages to include every cliche of the genre, but executive producer and star Adam Carolla keeps it rolling along with his trademark, deadpan rants.

Full Review… | October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Top Critic

I think it's a terrific little film.

March 24, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Working with utterly predictable material, screenwriter Kevin Hench finds plenty of offbeat humor, and Carolla knows how to make it sing.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

I never would have guessed that Adam Carolla, the politically incorrect radio and TV personality, could hold his own in a movie, but here's The Hammer to prove me wrong.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A nearly comatose comedy that spends its time just bum-stumbling along, never putting in the work necessary to land a solid joke or develop a winning character.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Hammer


With a bigger budget, I have a feeling this film could have been a contender. While it does have some wildly funny moments (would you expect anything less from Carolla?) it is severely hampered by its low-budget gags. Also, with low funds means it is nearly impossible to buy some real acting chops. Never has it been more apparent than this film. The amateur cast is laughable at best and spoils any momentum that the film generates.
Don't get me wrong. I love Carolla, but the Aceman should have culled some more funds before making this film.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

I love my Adam. Not just that. I love that it was a low budget film, yet it still told a beautiful story.

Nani Vang

Super Reviewer

Adam Carolla plays a boxer turned contractor turned boxer in this comedy that turned out to be better than you expect- just not by much.
Carolla's character, Jerry Ferro, happens to fall into the quest to become a member of the 2008 Olympic boxing team: at the age of 40.
With a film like this you almost groan about how predictable it's going to be- and it is. But there are certain surprises along the way that keep you from remember other boxing films you could be watching right now, like Mandingo. It's a film that's a little above average, but in a world with crap, that could be as good as five stars.

Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

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