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The Hammer (2007)

The Hammer


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 32
Rotten: 8

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

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 3

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


Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 4,401


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

R (for brief language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Kevin Hench
In Theaters:
Jun 24, 2008
Box Office:
IFC Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Hammer

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (8) | DVD (7)

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

The Hammer could have become a typically sappy sports flick, but [Adam Carolla] filled it with enough of his trademark humor to keep things fresh even with plotting that isn't groundbreaking."

Full Review… | June 6, 2013

For anyone in their late 30s and early 40s who has seen a great deal of their lives pass them by, this can be very relateable.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
7M Pictures

One of the films that should not fly under the radar of sports comedy fans, "The Hammer" is a surprising good time at the movies.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
Schmoes Know

It's not "Rocky" and it's not "Caddyshack", but "The Hammer" was a pleasant surprise and is a welcome addition to the all-too-small list of reliable sports comedies.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
Schmoes Know

The Hammer is one of the year's nicest surprises.

Full Review… | October 5, 2011

Forget the 40 Year Old Virgin. How about the 40 Year Old Boxer with Self-Esteem Issues?

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

All The Hammer really adds to the boxing-movie canon is the refreshing air of not worrying about adding anything to the boxing-movie canon. That, and being funny.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

watchable, if not unique.. all in good fun

Full Review… | July 5, 2008

Like a television show, The Hammer wields that mysterious power to keep you watching even though you know it isn't any good.

Full Review… | April 21, 2008
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A boxing comedy with a potty mouth and warm heart.

Full Review… | April 16, 2008
Common Sense Media

To his credit, Carolla carries 'The Hammer' with self-assured ease, hoisting the film on his broad shoulders while making sure, as screenwriter, to leave some of its sharpest one-liners to his supporting cast.

April 9, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

Succeeds in spite of itself.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008

Adam Carolla isn't everyone's cup of tea, but the man can sling around an acidic one-liner with the best of them, and his starring debut is a familiar, but persuasively funny brew of clichés and belly laughs.

Full Review… | March 23, 2008

There are plenty of opportunities for Carolla to spout wisdom and observations.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008
Can Magazine

Carolla is winning in The Hammer, which evokes Rocky and just about every other lovable-loser sports movie while showing enough comic originality to hold interest throughout.

March 21, 2008
Sacramento Bee

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

Prepare to be pleasantly surprised.
This movie was really so much better than I expected that it almost earned higher than four stars for being such a sleeper gem.
Adam Carolla, not particularly well-known for being subtle or sensitive shows a facet of his talent that, until now, remained relatively untapped.
A heartfelt story of a man turning 40 who has turned his back on his dreams. In no way pretentious or unfathomable he gets a shot just as everything in his life has sped towards its nadir.
As Carollla notes in the film, he has always been that guy who has given 95%, but never more (or as he put it "75%, I'm just giving you an extra 20). What happens this time?
Well...I won't give it away, but what I will note is that this movie has a great feel about it.
The characters are accessible. The humor is fantastic (sometimes belly-laughing). The acting is just right and never in your face. The story is really well-done.
I did not expect such a great comedic charge from Carolla of "The Man Show" fame. One would expect bawdy, racy humor without a touch of subtlety, but that simply is not so in this film.
The supporting cast is great. When Carolla does some riffing (and he does) he will have you holding your sides, but again it is not so over the top that it becomes a one man stand-up.
You will laugh. You will be touched. You may even be inspired in all sorts of ways.
I simply cannot say enough about what a surprise this one was.
Watch this as soon as you can. I hope to find it and add it to my collection.

Dean L

Super Reviewer

The Hammer Quotes

Coach Eddie Bell:
You're one of those 95 percenters who never quite gives it everything he's got.
Jerry Ferro:
Actually I'm a 75 percenter who's giving you an extra 20 percent.
– Submitted by David S (12 months ago)

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