The Hammer

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Released 2008

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Director:
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
The Hammer follows Jerry Ferro (Adam Carolla) as he works to revive a boxing career he abandoned years before. Jerry is almost 40 years old and has let himself go, drinking too much and exercising too little. To supplement his income as a handyman, the once promising amateur boxer lands a part-time job teaching boxing at a Pasadena gym. Eddie Bell (Tom Quinn), an old friend of Jerry's, stops by the gym with his new proteg'', up-and-coming boxer Malice Blake (Harold House Moore). He asks Jerry to spar with him and Jerry spends most of the round taking a beating. But Jerry manages to land one good punch and knock the young pro out. Eddie thinks Jerry can revive his boxing career, even though he hasn't boxed competitively in about 20 years, and convinces him to make a comeback. Jerry sets out to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team. The independent sports comedy was released in 2007.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    What you have here, essentially, is a classic "Honeymooners" episode juiced with tropes from the most recent "Rocky" movie.

  • 60

    The New York Times

    Rambling and disorganized. At the same time, though, The Hammer also has dry wit and unforced working-class swagger, and hits some surprising emotional notes.

  • 60

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    This inordinately likable and consistently funny boxing saga-cum-romantic comedy doesn't so much ridicule the "Rocky"-type inspirational sports fable as gently deflate its heroic o...

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    Comedy, Sports

    Themes

    Boxing, Independent