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The Hammer (2007)

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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 »


In the scene where the van is pulled over for 37 MPH on the freeway Robert Brown's seat-belt goes on and off between cuts. See more »


Jerry Ferro: Who hangs a heavy bag with toggle bolts?
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References Speed Racer (1967) See more »


Performed by Bad Religion
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Sometimes simplicity is the best policy...
28 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rented this last night from Blockbuster, upon reading the comments on IMDb. I had been eyeing it on my past few visits, and finally decided to give it a shot. Yep, it was good, and I was not surprised. Adam Corolla is a smart man, he came up with a decent story and had somebody write a decent script for it. While I'm not a huge fan, I like his deadpan humor quite a bit, and he uses it to full effect in his movie. He doesn't play a character he essentially is himself, and it works, he doesn't try to act himself into something he's not. What I was surprised about is his athletic agility, I didn't realize he was so athletic, or did he have stand ins? I'll give it a second watch and pay more attention to that. All in all, nice simple story, no special effects, just a good low budget movie about human beings and a somewhat surprising ending that I won't spoil. Not that it is in my top ten movies of all time, but maybe my recent top ten. Go ahead, give it a watch and enjoy it. I did. Sometimes simplicity is the best policy, I hope Adam will do another one and keep it simple again...

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