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The Hammer perseveres as both an above-average sports comedy and a perfect starring vehicle for Carolla. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

On his 40th birthday, chronic underachiever Jerry Ferro (Adam Carolla) loses his carpentry job and his girlfriend. However, all is not lost; a famous boxing coach (Tom Quinn) spies him sparring at the local gym and offers him the chance to train for a spot on the U.S. Olympic boxing team.

Cast & Crew

Adam Carolla
Jerry Ferro
Tom Quinn
Eddie Bell
Jonathan Hernandez
Victor Padilla
Harold House Moore
Robert Moore
Jeff Lacy
Malice Blake
Kevin Hench
Screenwriter
Eric Ganz
Producer
Adam Carolla
Executive Producer
Steven Firestone
Executive Producer
Gregory Firestone
Executive Producer
Marco Fargnoli
Cinematographer
Rich Fox
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Critic Reviews for The Hammer

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (8)

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

    October 5, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 5, 2011
  • I think it's a terrific little film.

    March 24, 2008
  • Working with utterly predictable material, screenwriter Kevin Hench finds plenty of offbeat humor, and Carolla knows how to make it sing.

    March 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    March 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 21, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hammer

  • Nov 15, 2012
    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 V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2010
    A knockout for Adam Carolla. This is a really good film. Well written and casted. Carolla shines in the lead role. Heather Juergensen also shines in the film and has a good on screen chemistry with Carolla. Jane Lynch has a funny cameo appearance in the film. Oswaldo Castillo steals the film as Carolla's friend. He is hilarious in the film. I definitely recommend the film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2008
    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 G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2008
    As I sat there listening to Jerry babble on and on in construction lingo, I thought to myself, "Oh, yes. This one was definitely written by Adam Carolla." Don't get me wrong! I mean. That's a good thing! I really liked Carolla's style. It gave the film a very genuine, comfortable, down-to-earth type of feeling. Why the R rating, though? This movie was pretty tame, if you ask me. Regardless, it was a fun watch - with plenty of laughs!
    Rachel T Super Reviewer

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