The Hammer
The Hammer (2007)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 24, 2008
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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

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Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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."

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I think it's a terrific little film.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
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… More
Dean L
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… More
Nani Vang
I love my Adam. Not just that. I love that it was a low budget film, yet it still told a beautiful story.
Sol C
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… More
Chris Garman
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… More
Grifty G
I'm a fan of Adam Carolla. Many of his lines in this are funny, the rest is just a mostly predictable story, and low budget "advanced film"… More