The Hammer (2007)

R  |   |  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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Credited cast:
Oswaldo Castillo ...
Mike LeMat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Boxer Opponent
Nationals Trainer
Ascencion Bribiescas ...
Boxing Student
Antonio Caballero
Derrick Deane ...
Gym Member
Posse Member #2
Kevin Ferguson ...
Jim FitzGerald ...


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 | olympics | gym | coach | birthday | See All (56) »


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


Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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The gym featured in the movie was built by Adam Carolla and Oswaldo Castillo during Adam's years as a carpenter. After completing the gym, Adam instructed the morning boxing class and Oswaldo was hired as the maintenance guy. See more »


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 »


Jerry Ferro: A good fart would take this thing down.
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References Speed Racer (1967) See more »


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Written by Sammy James Jr., Graham Tyler & The Matrix
Performed by The Mooney Suzuki
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A really great film
22 August 2008 | by (Lost Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

This film had a lot to live up to for me. I read a lot and had heard a lot of good things about it before finally seeing it. Inevitably, when that happens usually the film can't possibly live up to the hype. This one for me really did. I hearkened back to a time in film making when comedies didn't need gross-out scenes or elaborate sight gags to carry the comedy. The comedy just relied on good and funny writing. This film has it in spades.

First a little jag about the MPPA rating system. If someone could explain to me the, "R" rating, I would appreciate it. It seems to me the only reason - and I'm no conspiracy theorist - for it to carry such a rating is to kill small, independent film such as this one. It has no nudity, no harsh language (no f-bombs or closer), no real violence (there is a little blood in one scene but its surrounded by boxing as a plot point). Really, I want to know, why the, "R" rating. I'm pretty conservative but I would take my 7 year old niece to this film.

This is a romantic comedy. I would put it among the best in the sports-themed category right alongside, "Tin Cup" and "Bull Durahm". This film, however carries a much lighter touch after all it was made for like, 1/5th the budget and therefore carries much more charm and appeal as a result. I will say that despite the low budget it is far from looking like a low budget film. The directing is tight, the acting is very convincing and the comedy is razor sharp.

Overall I would say, if you are finished with the tired and formula driven comedies the major studios are pumping out these days and want to get back to a comedy that is very funny but doesn't have to hit you over the head with over the top stereotypes, sight gags and fart jokes, then, "The Hammer" may be the salvation you have been waiting for.

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