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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 | olympics | gym | coach | birthday | 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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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 »

Goofs

When the grill "falls over" in the backyard scene you can see that a hole has been dug below one leg, as it falls into it as soon as Jerry lets go of the handle. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Ferro: What are you building?
Woman Who Argues With Jerry: Storage shed.
Jerry Ferro: What are you siding it with?
Woman Who Argues With Jerry: T-111.
Jerry Ferro: ...You gotta be careful with that T-111. You wanna get the margins right, you know. They have a T&G joint. Wanna get it just right.
Woman Who Argues With Jerry: If by T&G you mean tongue and groove, you're wrong. The T-111 has a shiplap seam.
Jerry Ferro: I'm pretty sure it's T&G. I've worked with it a lot.
Woman Who Argues With Jerry: No. No. It's shiplap.
Jerry Ferro: Well, let's talk foundation bolting. What are you holding the bottom plate down to the slab with.
Woman Who Argues With Jerry: Redheads.
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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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Ring of Fire
Performed by John Oszajca
Written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore
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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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