The Hammer
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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 -- and taking his own sweet time getting there. While Jerry enjoyed some success as an amateur boxer when he was young, these days he's out of shape, drinks too much, and scrapes by working in construction. Through his work as a handyman, Jerry has landed a part-time job teaching boxing at a gym in Pasadena, though none of his students are likely to ever… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Much of the film's charm comes from its scruffy, self-effacing modesty; it's a relaxed, affable underdog about a relaxed, affable underdog."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Working with utterly predictable material, screenwriter Kevin Hench finds plenty of offbeat humor, and Carolla knows how to make it sing."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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.""
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"It's not "Rocky" and it's not "Caddyshack", but "The Hammer" was a pleasant surprise and is a welcome addition to the all-too-small list of reliable sports comedies."
‑ Mark Ellis, Schmoes Know
"All The Hammer really adds to the boxing-movie canon is the refreshing air of not worrying about adding anything to the boxing-movie canon. That, and being funny."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & 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."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"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."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The Hammer is one of the year's nicest surprises."
‑ Patrick Walsh, Cinematical
"watchable, if not unique.. all in good fun"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"I think it's a terrific little film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Kristian Harloff, Schmoes Know
"Forget the 40 Year Old Virgin. How about the 40 Year Old Boxer with Self-Esteem Issues?"
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Like a television show, The Hammer wields that mysterious power to keep you watching even though you know it isn't any good."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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