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The Hammer (2007)

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 | olympics | gym | coach | birthday | See All (55) »

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Some Guys Don't Know Their Destiny Till It Hits Them In The Face. See more »

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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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$850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$442,638 (USA) (2 May 2008)
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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 »

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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 »

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Coach Bell: You know, I've seen guys like you before. You're one of those 95 percenters who never quite gives it everything he's got.
Jerry Ferro: Actually, I'm a 75 percenter who's giving **you** an extra 20 percent.
Coach Bell: Get out of here.
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An uplifting story told with great humor
23 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As one would expect from an Adam Corolla movie, there are plenty of the rapier witticisms he is known for, and there is a solid laugh-out-loud every few minutes for the duration. But, more importantly, the story is a really sweet, engaging and uplifting tale of a middle aged slacker who takes one last shot at achieving his dreams, or at least realizing what they are. It was truly beautiful, in the way he comes to embrace his life and mission. Also, credit to Adam's heavily-accented Nicaraguan friend Ozzie as his sidekick, the duo has something of a Don Quixote-Sancho Panza feel to it, which works very well. I'm an AC fan, but my wife is not, and she loved it as well. This might be the best "small movie" I've ever seen.


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