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
Mordechai is portrayed as a faithful Orthodox Jew, but during a scene with his shirt off, 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 »
I can't get over this movie. I watched it once (on Comedy Central), and despite the fact that the sides were cut off (it was not made for TV), and the many expletives were deleted, and I had to skip through commercials, I thought it was brilliant and hilarious. I've made tapes of it to share with my non-cabled friends. Now it's playing in theatres, and I'm tempted to see it again.
Now, maybe you've got to be Jewish to love this film, and maybe you've also got to have been brought up in a Catholic town (as I was), and maybe you've got to have felt the sting of everyone else celebrating Christmas while you've got this lousy holiday based on a rather tepid myth (the Chanukah story), but, even if the movie was made just for me, it was a great movie. I give it a 10.
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