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The Hammer -- A once-promising amateur boxer, 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 shit together. 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 it¹s time to make his return to competitive boxing.
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Writers (WGA):
Kevin Hench (screenplay)
Adam Carolla (story)
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Adam Carolla ... Jerry Ferro
Oswaldo Castillo ... Oswaldo Sanchez

Harold House Moore ... Robert Brown

Christopher Darga ... Mike LeMat

Jonathan Hernandez ... Victor Padilla

Heather Juergensen ... Lindsay Pratt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Alayo ... Boxer Opponent

Rian Bishop ... Nationals Trainer
Ascencion Bribiescas ... Boxing Student
Antonio Caballero
Derrick Deane ... Gym Member

Lorenzo Eduardo ... Posse Member #2

John Enos III ... Steve
Kevin Ferguson ... Jeff
Jim FitzGerald ... Announcer

Alison Flierl ... Boxing fan
Julia Galasso ... Boxing Class Trainee

Keeshan Giles ... Posse Member #1
Stacy Glassgold ... Tarpits Visitor (as Stacy Michelle Gold)

Leah Gottfried ... Secretary
Andy Hnilo ... Knockout Victim
Aye Jaye ... Preliminary Boxing Referee
Karen Jefferson ... Hardware Store Cashier
Justin Kelly ... Construction Worker
Jeff Lacy ... Malice Blake

Michelle McClory ... Waitress (as Michelle Ashley)

Billy Moses ... Boxing Student
Manuel Nardi ... Adam Carolla Boxing Double (credit only)
Tom Quinn ... Coach Bell
Lilia Reyes ... Waitress (as Lily Rey)

Bruce Schroffel ... Timekeeper

Shadii ... Malice Blake Entourage / boxer

Robyn Sheridan ... Boxer

Ray Siegle ... Final match referee
Keith Stanisiewski ... Hardware Store Customer
Ed Tommasi ... Mike Duncan (as Trev Tommasi)

Jimmy Walker Jr. ... The Oldtimer
Darrius Watson ... Darius Reece

Constance Zimmer ... Nicole

Brian Allen ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

Shane Warren Jones ... Nate (uncredited)

Jane Lynch ... Woman Who Argues With Jerry (uncredited)
Shamarrah E. Pates ... Boxing fan (uncredited)

Ashleigh Sumner ... Leslie's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld 
Writing credits
Kevin Hench (screenplay)

Adam Carolla (story)

Produced by
Adam Carolla .... executive producer
Gregory Firestone .... executive producer
Steven Firestone .... executive producer
Eric Ganz .... producer
Kevin Hench .... co-producer
Heather Juergensen .... producer
Chris Stinson .... line producer
Eden Wurmfeld .... producer
Jonathan Wysocki .... associate producer
Original Music by
Matt Mariano 
John Swihart 
Cinematography by
Marco Fargnoli 
Film Editing by
Rich Fox 
Casting by
Michael Hothorn 
Production Design by
Mickey Siggins 
Art Direction by
Khellar Crawford  (as Kelley Sean Crawford)
Costume Design by
Abigail Nieto 
Makeup Department
Heather L. Burns .... makeup artist: post production
Akiko Matsumoto .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Brian Buckland .... production supervisor
Melissa Demino .... post-production supervisor: Encore
Bob Gill .... additional post-production supervisor
Kelly Hirano .... production manager: reshoots
Dana Merwin .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ellen Rosentreter .... dayplayer second second assistant director
Rod Smith .... first assistant director
Sharon Swab .... second assistant director
Art Department
Lori Lee Korth .... property master
Marisa McKay .... set dresser
Sound Department
Dwayne Avery .... dialogue editor
Christian Buenaventura .... boom operator
J.M. Davey .... sound effects editor
Melissa Fecher .... foley recordist
Dick Hansen .... sound mixer
Jeaneane Leaver-Fay .... foley artist
David H. Price .... sound effects editor
Erin Michael Rettig .... foley editor
Zach Seivers .... sound re-recording mixer
Zach Seivers .... supervising sound editor
Nick Shaffer .... foley supervisor
David Lewis Yewdall .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Tim Jacobsen .... visual effects producer
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects
Johnny Wilson .... digital effects artist
Ben Bray .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Bain .... camera loader
Mike Barnett .... director of photography: second unit
Greg Brezovec .... electrician
Ryan Copeland .... grip
Michael Druez .... grip
Mark Evans .... additional set electrician
Amos James .... key grip
Kevin Mucha .... best boy electric
Doug Oh .... first assistant camera
Christopher C. Pearson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ryan Polack .... second assistant camera
Jake Rose .... rigging grip
Michael Roy .... gaffer
Justin Schein .... still photographer
Christopher Vinopal .... set electrician (as Chris Vinopal)
Craig Wadlin .... best boy grip
Craig Wadlin .... grip
Ramian E. Williams .... grip
Bobby Woo .... set electrician
Rick Taylor .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Cheryl Ann Asico .... extras casting
Jeremy Gordon .... casting associate
Anthony J. Kraus .... casting assistant
Joshua Lehmann .... extras casting
Veronica Wayne .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terri Middleton .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
S.E. Hardy .... post-production intern
John Karian .... color timer
Matt Maddox .... assistant editor
Don Misraje .... finishing editor
Music Department
Michael Brake .... music editor
Jennifer Ross .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Collin Butrum .... picture car coordinator
Collin Butrum .... transportation coordinator
Jesse Gonzalez .... transportation captain
Calvin McDowell .... transportation captain
Hugo Ocana .... transportation captain
Other crew
Sam Alvelo .... set production assistant
Barbara Burchfield .... assistant office production coordinator
Alex Farrington .... set medic
Ben Feldman .... production legal services
Genevieve Gilson .... assistant: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
James Hart .... location scout
Rolf Peter Hausen .... final check
Kelly Leffler .... script supervisor
Sue McGraw .... production accountant (as Crystal 'Sue' McGraw)
Setu Raval .... production office intern
Kimberly Robbins .... production office intern
Nathan Swisher .... production coordinator
Erin Tambellini .... script supervisor: day player
Bing Tell .... office production assistant
Dasha Tolstikova .... assistant to producer
Marc Turchin .... set production assistant
Peter Wulff .... location manager
Stephen H Koontz .... thanks
Jeff Langton .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Encore (as Encore Visual Effects)
Other Companies

Additional Details

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Rated R for brief language
USA:88 min

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Adam Carolla has gone on many rants on his podcast about the film's rating. Despite just one use of the f-word and minimal cursing, the movie is still rated R.See more »
Continuity: The coffee stain on Jerry's "Happy Camper" shirt vanishes when he pulls up to Ozzie's place, then reappears in later scenes.See more »
Jerry Ferro:He'll be punched out by the tenth round, coach.
Oswaldo Sanchez:It's only a four-round fight.
Jerry Ferro:Oh, thank Christ, 'cause I'm gassed.
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Comfortable Hammer, 1 April 2008
Author: jon.h.ochiai ( from Los Angeles, CA

"The Hammer" starring Adam Carolla is a sentimental and sweet story of reclaiming one's greatness. Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, "The Hammer" plays like an independent film, mostly because it is. Kevin Hench wrote the screenplay for "The Hammer" from a story by Adam Carolla. Consequently, the movie has an autobiographical feel. Before Carolla became a morning talk-radio star or host of "Loveline" with Dr. Drew, he was a carpenter and boxing instructor. In fact he was Jimmy Kimmel's boxing coach. In "The Hammer" Adam Carolla plays 40 year-old Jerry Ferro, a journeyman carpenter, who works odd construction jobs around Los Angeles County. His good buddy is barely understandable Nicaraguan immigrant Oswaldo (Oswaldo Castillo), and his partner in construction. Jerry also teaches boxing at a local sports club.

One day after being fired from his job, Jerry spars an up and coming professional boxer as a favor. Jerry takes a beating, but drops the fighter with a solid left. This catches the attention of Coach Eddie Bell (Tom Quin). Bell enrolls Jerry into trying out for the Olympic Boxing Team, through regional competition. 20 years ago, Jerry walked away from a shot at the Olympic Team as a promising young amateur. So now at 40 years-old and fired from his job this may be Jerry's last shot. However, it marks the end of his relationship with suffering girlfriend Nicole (Constance Zimmer). Jerry finds out that he is contending for the light-heavyweight spot against young talented Robert Brown (brash Harold House Moore). Robert has a bright career in front of himself, while Jerry struggles to recapture the greatness of his youth. But Jerry is smart and has great heart. Also Bell's intentions are not entirely transparent.

Things begin to look up. Jerry musters up the courage to ask cute and smart Lindsay (sweet and charming Heather Juergensen) from his boxing class to go out on a date. Swamped public defender Lindsay agrees to a "day" date. Jerry and Lindsay spend a hilarious day at the La Brea Tar Pits. Carolla and Juergensen have a hysterical and natural chemistry. A perfect foil to Jerry's smart ass, Lindsay is solid and unflinching. There is a touching and funny scene when Lindsay kisses Jerry good night. She would have sex with Jerry, but Jerry has a big fight coming up and she doesn't want to "deplete" his chi. Their relationship is a touching surprise in "The Hammer".

Okay, "The Hammer" has formulaic "Rocky" charm and predictability. You have the requisite cathartic fight scene. However, it is its quirkiness and engaging natural banter that makes "The Hammer" so bitter sweet and heart felt. Adam Carolla has an easy and natural charm. He is great at embodying the smart ass and gentle soul of Jerry. As Lindsay, Heather Juergensen is the amazing combination of goofy and sexy. As Lindsay she plays it very smart, just flying under the radar. Like Carolla, she has an easy and comfortable presence. Harold House Moore is funny and charismatic as Robert. Moore also brings a refreshing humanity to the role.

"The Hammer" is sentimental, strangely comfortable, and refreshing. We all pull for Adam Carolla's Jerry as he hysterically and courageously reclaims his vestige of greatness. See "The Hammer". You'll be surprised and charmed.

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