The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

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Mordechai Jefferson Carver, aka 'The Hebrew Hammer', is an Orthodox stud, who goes on a mission to save Hanukkah. When Santa Claus' evil son Damien is pushed over the edge by his father's liberal policies, he does away with the Christian patriarch. Subsequently stepping into his father's role, Damien launches a campaign to eradicate the Jewish Holiday. The Hammer joins forces with Esther, the gorgeous and dangerous daughter of the world's top Jewish leader, and his friend Mohammed, head of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front, to topple the evil Santa and save Hanukkah for future generations.
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R (for language, some sexual references and drug use)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Cast

Adam Goldberg
as Mordechai Jefferson Carver
Andy Dick
as Santa Damien
Judy Greer
as Esther
Peter Coyote
as J.J.L Chief
Sean Whalen
as Tiny Tim
Tony Cox
as Jamal
Nora Dunn
as Mrs. Carver
Harrison Chad
as Schlomo
Jim Petersmith
as Skinhead Bartender
Annie McEnroe
as Mrs. Highsmith
Grant Rosenmeyer
as Young Mordechai
Elaine Hendrix
as Blonde Bombshell
Ayelet Ben-Hur
as Israeli Rental Agent
Brad Duck
as Jimmy
Jason Fuchs
as Adolescent Hasidic Boy
Ed Koch
as Himself
Gary Pratt
as Head Elf
Woodrow Asai
as Mun Chi
Daryl Wein
as Teenage Gentile
Michael J. Mylett
as Gentile Boy No.1
T.J. Sullivan
as Gentile Boy No.2
Audrey Twitchell
as Gentile Girl No.1
Alexa Eisenstein
as Gentile Girl No.2
Evelyn Page
as Old Woman
George Hosmer
as Chairman of the Jewish Worldwide Media Conspiracy
Ronald Schultz
as ADL Chairman
Leslie Shenkel
as JDL Member No.1
Alan Nebelthau
as JDL Member No.2
Jerome F. Richards
as Council Elder
C.P. Lacey
as Sammy Davis Jr./MC Hammer
Ephraim Benton
as Black Teen
David S. Lee
as Whire Accountant
Adam Rose
as Addict Jewish Child
Devin Rene Burns
as Blonde Gentile Girl
Jimmy Walsh
as Freckle-Faced Gentile
Chris McGinn
as Samples Woman
Anna Berger
as Harriet Tubbleman
Ivan Sandro
as Carnival Worker
Jeff Marlowe
as Joshua
Ronald Shore
as Bandleader
Tom Chalmers
as Chaim Feygele
Mylika Davis
as Sassy Black Prostitute
Moshe Kesselman
as Hatcheck Guy
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Critic Reviews for The Hebrew Hammer

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (13)

Profane, shockingly un-PC and often laugh-out-loud hilarious, this is the sort of parody that the folks who made the Airplane and Naked Gun movies used to make -- funny.

April 29, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review… | April 17, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Kesselman keeps the movie crackling with the raucous energy absent since Mel Brooks' heyday.

Full Review… | April 8, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Desperation is the project's principal quality.

January 30, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie hits as much as it misses, with enough witty observations to ensure that somewhere, Kesselman's mother is kvelling.

Full Review… | January 2, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Kesselman's thin script generally is funniest when it's riffing on Jewish stereotypes and goyish bigotry.

Full Review… | December 23, 2003
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Hebrew Hammer

Made as a production for Comedy Central, this is writer/director Jonathan Kesselman's take on the detective/spoof film. Expanded from a short Kesselman made, this is the story of a super cool Jewish private eye named Mordechai Jefferson Carver, aka The Hebrew Hammer. When Daminen, the evil son of Santa Claus kills his dad, takes over, and goes on a mission end Hanukkah, The Hebrew Hammer sets out to make things right, By his side are a nice Jewish girl, and help from his brothers at the Kwanzaa Defense League, who also seek more tolerance and acceptance during the winter holiday season. The film is a very good natured, but very un-PC spoof film, with blaxploitation films being the primary reference point. As a fan of blaxploitation, and blaxploitation spoofs, I was immediately drawn to the concept, especially since I dig on Jewish stereotypes too, but not in a cruel way. The film is funny, but it's more silly than anything. I dug the references I(and got most of them), but the film is really pretty shallow, and is stuffed with more jokes than substance. I did enjoy it, but it really lacked the punch that a lot of modern exploitation (and spoof) films have. There are some really choice moments that made me squee though (and yeah, I just said squee...get over it), so even though the film is light, it's moderately amusing,. The cast are ultimately what hold it together, and you can tell they're trying hard to make things work. Goldberg is a lot of fun as Mordechai, Judy Greer is fun as his love interest Esther, and Andy Dick is delightfully nutty as Damien. I dug the participation from the Van Peebles clan, too. All in all, the film has its moments, but it seems to miss almost as much as it hits. As a general fan of this sort of thing, I give it a bit more credit, but overall, this is rather underwhelming.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

The Hebrew Hammer is a very funny film and has a pretty unique story to make it an entertaining comedy from start to finish. Considering that this film has Andy Dick in it, I quite liked him in his role, despite the fact that I hate him because of his eccentric, weird and creepy track record. The film has some effective comedy that is very funny and Adam Goldberg is perfect in the lead role, and he's very funny. The film is far from perfect, but it manages in being lots of fun from start to finish. This is a mindless comedy film with a good idea for its plot, and it works. This is not a film to take seriously, and it has its flaws, but for the most part it succeeds well enough at being a fun film. The Hebrew Hammer succeeds at being an effective comedy that delivers good laughs. Like I previously said, Andy Dick is good here, and he delivers the only good performance of his career as well as his small part in Old School. This is a worthwhile comedy to watch if you want a different type of film to watch. Original and funny, The Hebrew Hammer is quite entertaining and lots of fun, even if it's not perfect. Nonetheless it's a well acted film with plenty of gags that generate good laughs, and it definitely is a refreshing take on the Christmas film genre, and it uses stereotypes well enough to generate effective laughs.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

The first "Jewsploitation" movie. Essentially it's a jewish version of Shaft. Of course, this is a pure comedy that's all about its setups and gags. All the actors make it work for the most part though. A number of good scenes make this work as a whole.

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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