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The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  25 March 2004 (Australia)
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An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus' evil son.

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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

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This Hanukkah, All He Wants For Christmas Are Santa's Two Front Teeth See more »

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Comedy

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Rated R for language, some sexual references and drug use | See all certifications »

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25 March 2004 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Hammer o exolothreftis  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,539 (USA) (19 December 2003)

Gross:

$19,539 (USA) (19 December 2003)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Mordechai is portrayed as a faithful Orthodox Jew, but during a scene with his shirt off, In the scene depicting the morning after Mordechai and Esther make love, it's clear that Mordechai has several tattoos, which are forbidden in traditional Judaism. Adam Goldberg has stated in interviews that the only reason for this is that he was too lazy to get up early in the morning to have the makeup artists cover up the tattoos. The tattoos go without comment in the dialogue because, according to director Jonathan Kesselman, the Hebrew Hammer has already gone against tradition by engaging in premarital sex, and so a couple tattoos are nothing compared to that. See more »

Quotes

Voice on Intercom: Attention, all K-Mart shoppers, there are Jews in Aisle 12.
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Crazy Credits

Uncle Bernie, Aunt Shelly and all the Long Island Kesselmans - Thanks for letting us eat by you on Shabbat See more »

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Spoofs Hammer (1972) See more »

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Not Terrible, But Not Great
8 December 2003 | by (Right Behind You) – See all my reviews

The concept is good, the performances are good, but this film is too uneven to be great. Writer/director Jonathan Kesselman should've watched the much better blaxploitation parody "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!" a few times and thought harder about *why* it's a good parody. Even then, that film, too, could have been improved.

When you do satire, you get the best results when you stick pretty closely to your target. The funniest moments in "The Hebrew Hammer" are those in which it really mirrors blaxploitation films. When it degenerates into really broad parody, lame social commentary, and random jokes about Jewish stereotypes, it goes downhill quickly.

That's too bad, because the principle cast really does do an excellent job. The villains are weaker than the heroes -- conceptually and by performance -- but I can't really blame the actors (much as I might be tempted to blame Andy Dick) because the villains are *too* over-the-top just as they're written.

Satire works as comedy because it keeps moving back and forth over the line of plausibility -- or, at least, the line of genre convention. "The Hebrew Hammer" has many good moments but, in the end, it strays too far, too often. There's about thirty minutes of really good material in there.


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