A Bag of Hammers
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A Bag of Hammers
A Bag of Hammers revolves around the friendship of two charming grifters, Ben and Alan, played by Jason Ritter and Jake Sandvig. Ben and Alan have built a successful though larcenous business, posing as car valets, only to steal the vehicles instead of parking them. Because of their less-than-ideal childhoods and a "job" that allows them to remain likeable boyish rogues well into their 20's, their penchant for crime is almost forgivable. However, everything changes when they meet a twelve-year-old boy named Kelsey. Neglected by his mother, Kelsey is drawn to Ben and Alan and they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's too little, too late for Crano's Wes Anderson-inflected innocence-disrupted project..."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Woven amid the glib one-liners and contrived scenarios is an unexpected, and undeniably touching, sense of heart."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Like so many indie flicks, logic takes a back seat while quirkiness takes a Mr. Toad wild ride through the city."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"It's hard to say whether A Bag of Hammers is deliberately stylized or simply so lo-fi it inadvertently comes across that way, but the simplicity of its elements works."
‑ Alison Willmore, Movieline
"Well-meaning but innocuous."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Brian Crano's very slight debut of a comedy."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"It's a struggle all the way for A Bag Of Hammers, though its irony-crusted heart is in the right place."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"It's not difficult to project that Crano's charming anti-heros, in later life, will be swindling vulnerable little old ladies out of their homes and nest eggs."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"May start out sounding like a goofy buddy comedy, but stick with it - and it will surprise you. In a good way."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Happy, uncynical, and heartfelt, so gosh-darned likable that any flaws in its methods are easily overlooked."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Mr. Canterbury's character is a Hollywood child archetype: wan and withdrawn, all monosyllables and needy stares."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"The real scam was the filmmakers tricking Rebecca Hall (and a cameoing Amanda Seyfried) into participating in this blunt instrument of an indie."
‑ Nick Schager, Time Out New York
"Well shot and well acted."
‑ Maryann Koopman Kelly, Paste Magazine
"Suffers from both an odd, ineffective structure and a low-key tone that jars uncomfortably with the subject matter and makes the film's stakes seem unnecessary low."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Brian Crano's A Bag of Hammers turns out to be that rare tale that surprises in its maturity while never losing the reality of leopards trying to change their spots."
‑ Erik Childress, eFilmCritic.com
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