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The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

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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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If you're in trouble...and you're a Jew...and it's not past Sundown on Friday...you should call "The Hebrew Hammer!" See more »

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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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Adam Goldberg claims that he knew he had to do this movie as soon as he read the line "Shabbat shalom, motherfuckers!" See more »

Goofs

When Mordechai and Mohammed are entering Santa's workshop, the set for the Jewish Atomic Clock scene can be seen behind them. See more »

Quotes

Mordechai Jefferson Carver: Wait, wait hold on a sec. I didn't want to have to do this, but you leave me no choice. I'm now going to resort to the most dangerous, deadly weapon in the Jewish arsenal.
[briefly meditates, then continues in a nasal voice]
Mordechai Jefferson Carver: What, I shlep all the way up here for this? I come all the way to the North Pole to fight you; you don't put out anything to nosh on?
Damian Claus: You're hungry?
Mordechai Jefferson Carver: I mean, seriously, what kind of arch-nemesis are you?
Damian Claus: Sorry, I wasn't thinking I guess. Oh! Oh, no, you don't! You're not ...
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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 The Omen (1976) 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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