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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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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) »

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

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

Jerry Ferro: But it's Saturday.
Lindsay Pratt: Crime doesn't take weekends off, I'm afraid.
Jerry Ferro: You're so butch.
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References Speed Racer (1967) 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 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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