In 1944, in Brooklyn, two Jewish kids become friends. One is from a very conservative family, and the other is more liberal. The issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations and the formation of Israel cause constant friction.
Mivtza Savta ("Operation Grandma") is a satirical Israeli comedy about three very different brothers trying to get around many obstacles to bury their grandmother on her kibbutz. The story ... See full summary »
"Hidden" is about a Persian immigrant family and tells the story of guilt that the older brother feels at the loss of his younger brother, and his redemption when he finally accepts life's various twists and turns.
An all-cynical, all-evil absurdist variety show that parodies the classic educational PBS shows of the 1970s, made up of old cartoons and educational films, children, and puppets from one's worst nightmares.
Mordechai Jefferson Carver, aka the Hebrew Hammer, is an orthodox Jewish stud who goes on a mission to save Hanukkah. When Santa Claus's evil son Damian 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, Damian launches a campaign to eradicate the Jewish Holiday. The Hammer joins forces with Esther Bloomenbergensteinenthal, the gorgeous and dangerous daughter of the leader of the Jewish Justice League; and his brother-in-arms Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim, the head of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front, to topple Santa's evil progeny and to save Hanukkah for future generations of Jews. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The movie was shown at the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente on April 16th, 2005 (among other dates). The director was present at the show and answered questions after the presentation. He mentioned that he had sort of an actor's top-five in mind when he was about to make the movie, and besides Adam Goldberg, his other options were Adam Sandler, David Schwimmer, and Ben Stiller. See more »
When Mordechai enters the skinhead bar, he walks over to the jukebox and after depositing his money, he pushes three buttons and his song begins to play. The jukebox in the bar is a CD unit, which uses four numbers for song selection, two for the disc number, and two for the track. Only vinyl jukeboxes use three numbers. See more »
Lame and obvious, but with a few funny Shaft references
The Hebrew Hammer is a clever idea wasted, as the execution is weak. As if often the case with iconoclastic humor, it relies overly on outrage to generate laughs, which simply isn't enough. Poor-taste humor has two elements -- poor taste and humor -- and both are needed here, but the humor is pretty scarce. As a result, it is often painful to watch, all the more so because of good attempts on the part of the performers, particularly Adam Goldberg as the HH himself. The Shaft references are funny, though, but only to those who know those movies, and they certainly don't carry The Hebrew Hammer.
Another problem is that many of the jokes rely on knowledge of American Jewish culture, and many in the audience will simply not understand the jokes.
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