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
When Steven Spielburg is suggested as a candidate to take on the new Santa, Chief Bloomenbergensteinenthal responds "He made E.T.! How tough is that?'. Peter Coyote, who plays Chief Bloomenbergensteinenthal, was in E.T. See more »
When the Hebrew Hammer travels from Ben-Gurion Airport to Jerusalem, the road in the desert is bisected by yellow lines. Roads in Israel, however, are bisected by white lines. The scene was actually shot in the Joshua Tree desert in California, and the actual road from Ben-Gurion Airport to Jerusalem is a major highway, not a two-lane road. See more »
Gets a bit lame near the end, but until then it's a scream
Odd as it may sound, it takes a bit of brains to enjoy the Hebrew
Hammer. The movie requires its viewers to have a fairly extensive
knowledge of Jewish stereotypes, which is what the film lives off of,
Not since Mel Brook's last good movie (Men in Tights) have I sampled
Jewish humour this laugh out loud. It's wild and wacky, and despite
pushing into the red zone, it's not all that offencive (unless you are
orthodox). My dad is an extremely tough critic, and is easily offended
by red zone stuff, but I got him to watch part of this, and he laughed.
The plot is deliberately cheesy. It concerns a pimping agent of a
Jewish Justice League, who goes by the name of 'Hammer', and he takes
on the mission to stop Santa Claus Jr. from destroying Chanukah (which
he is unable to pronounce).
The jokes keep coming, and they never get tiring, but in the climactic
twenty minutes, something goes wrong. The humour starts to disintegrate
a bit (except for a funny cameo by Ed Koch) and the silliness of the
plot ceases to wink at itself, It goes from satirical cliché to regular
cliché (the hero must rescue his damsel in distress)
Well, no film is perfect. I suppose there is one other problem with the
movie, but it's not as big a deal. I'm not realty sure who best to
recommend it to. If I had to guess I would say this kind of stuff would
be right for the same audience who embraces Team America. It is crude,
crazy, satirical, but really funny.
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