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The Hammer (2007)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Sport  -  26 April 2007 (USA)
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Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer -- who quit so he wouldn't risk his perfect record of ... See full summary »

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Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer -- who quit so he wouldn't risk his perfect record of underachievement -- Jerry has been knocking around from one construction job to another and spinning his wheels in an unsatisfying relationship, all the while with an eye toward eventually getting his act together. His last connection to the fight game is the evening boxing class he teaches to middle-aged, middle class, middle management types at a gym in Pasadena, where he also works as a handyman. When venerable boxing coach Eddie Bell asks Jerry if he'd like to spar a couple of rounds with Malice Blake, an up-and-coming pro, Jerry reluctantly steps into the ring. Despite the ass-kicking Jerry otherwise receives, a one-punch knockdown of Blake convinces Jerry that it's time to make his return to competitive boxing. Thus ends a 20-year layoff and begins a hilarious fish-out-water quest for Olympic gold. Written by Anonymous

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boxing | birthday | olympics | coach | gym | See more »

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You're never too old to go for the gold. See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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26 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$97,137 (USA) (21 March 2008)

Gross:

$442,638 (USA) (2 May 2008)
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Trivia

The film was going to be released straight to DVD until Adam Carolla insisted that the movie be released in theaters and put up approximately $300,000 of his own money for prints and promotion to fund a limited release. See more »

Goofs

The call letters of the station for the announcer in the finals taking place in California starts with a "W" (WKXP). Broadcasting call letters in the USA west of the Mississippi river start with a "K". However, this was not standardized until the 1930s and many stations created before that time kept their W or K even though they were east/west of the Mississippi. See more »

Quotes

Coach Bell: So what are you?
Jerry Ferro: Well, up until 2 hours ago, I was a carpenter.
Coach Bell: So you still have your amateur status?
Jerry Ferro: Not as a carpenter.
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Connections

References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Alive & Amplified
Written by Sammy James Jr., Graham Tyler & The Matrix
Performed by The Mooney Suzuki
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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An excellent movie, Adam Carolla is a genius!
7 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed The Hammer more than I ever expected to. Although at first I was quite excited at the aspect of an Adam Carolla movie, I was a little worried that it wouldn't be funny and would tarnish his name. However, this film more than lived up to my expectations. I found myself genuinely laughing out loud as I watched this movie. Old "Loveline" fans will especially enjoy this movie, due to his unique humor that we all loved so much on that particular show. I especially enjoyed this movie because Carolla never tries too hard to make a joke funny, as is the problem in many of today's comedies. Even if you are not a Carolla fan, please buy, or at least rent this film; you will not regret it.


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