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Writers (WGA):
Kevin Hench (screenplay)
Adam Carolla (story)
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Genre:
Tagline:
Some Guys Don't Know Their Destiny Till It Hits Them In The Face. See more »
Plot:
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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User Reviews:
"It's ACTUALLY REALLY good!" See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (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
(WGA)
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
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
 
Stunts
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
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
 
Thanks
Stephen H Koontz .... thanks
Jeff Langton .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for brief language
Runtime:
USA:88 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Jerry Ferro:[opening voice over] They say you should never let go of your dreams. But if your dream is to be a Mouseketeer, and you're 45, you may want to let that one go. On the other hand, if your dream is to be a Wal-Mart greeter, you can hang on to that baby until like a year after you die. Me? I don't even know what my dream is, but it's all right. I've got time. I won't be turning forty for another...
[alarm clock begins beeping]
Jerry Ferro:Ugh! I just turned forty.
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Movie Connections:
References "The Mickey Mouse Club" (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ring of FireSee more »

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42 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
"It's ACTUALLY REALLY good!", 23 March 2008
Author: Stopher-Johnson from United States

Adam has commented on his show about the slight insult associated with people giving him good reviews and compliments with qualifying comments like "actually good" and "surprisingly funny", and followed with, "No, really, its REALLY actually good". Although I don't think Adam should take too much offense as I believe their surprise is a reflection on the low expectations of comedic films recently as much as those who may be surprised that they like Adam Carolla more than they originally thought, as Adam creates a character who is easy to relate to in a film that is easily accessible to many people. And the reason it is accessible is that it is a good movie with a good script and good acting and good jokes. It does not need to rely on what Hollywood considers a proved formula or proved actor.

The Hammer is a good movie. I know that sounds like a generic compliment but in my opinion it is really hard to find a smart comedy that is also a genuinely good movie nowadays. The story is original. The tone is easy going and is confident in it's purpose and saves you the pain of sitting through a comedy that tries too hard to be funny. This is not the best movie you have seen all year, but it will definitely entertain, make you laugh, make you think and you will leave the theater feeling like your $7-10 you spent was well worth it. The material is laugh out loud funny with some of the dry wit, creative complaints and analytical commentary on life that fans of Adam are used to. My wife, who is not a big fan of Adam, loved the movie and thought it was well written. She also enjoyed Oswaldo "Ozzie" Castillo, who is charming and funny as his Nicaraguan friend. The role came naturally for him as Ozzie is Adam's friend in real life and worked construction with him back in his pre-celebrity days.

It seems like all of the really funny and smart comedy has always come from someone who is given a blank slate and allowed to do more or less whatever they want without much interference or censorship. By this I am referring to shows such as Family Guy, South Park, Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld and movies such as Anchorman, Ace Ventura, The Jerk, Swingers, Clerks, etc. What all of these have in common is that they start out being small enough and done cheap enough so that TV/studio executives don't care enough to get overly involved in. Or in some cases the star is proved to be funny in stand-up or TV but they are given a shot to do what they want in their first movie as long as it is done cheap to see how it goes. Either way, they are allowed to be original, daring and edgy without the people funding it insisting on the "safe" formula. The catch is that because they start out small, they need to fight to get a good footing and gain an audience. The Hammer is this movie that needs to fight for the audience it deserves for Adam Carolla.

For those familiar with Adam Carolla and his radio show, it is exactly what all the good reviews and discussion on the show lead you to believe about the movie. For those of you who don't know, Adam paid to distribute the movie himself due to the problems he ran into with distributors who passed on a movie that does not fit into a cookie-cutter formula. And we have all seen what "proven" box office comedic actors have yielded lately. There is a mile-long list of crap put out by the likes of the Adam Sandler/SNL crew, Dane Cook and the Wayans Brothers milking the Scary Movie formula as many times as the studio will let them. One of the main reasons distributors passed on the movie was that it was appealing to "too many" people and could not be easily marketed to a "target audience", which ironically is a negative for them. This is true, as many people young and old, mean and women, were in the theater and everyone was laughing. Half of the audience actually clapped at the end which is a rarity nowadays.

Therefore this movie needs the support of a good first week and word-of-mouth advertising to gain a foothold and be a stick-it-to-the-man indie movie victory. If movies like The Hammer don't get support it deserves, it is just more justification for studios and distributors not to support anything beyond the usual repetitive crap you see in theaters.

So do yourself a favor and go see it in theaters, and if you are reading this after it has already gone to DVD then pick it up and check it out. You will definitely see a good and worthwhile movie and one of two things will happen. A) You can see it early then tell others about it and be one of those people who "discover" a good thing early and can tell people "I saw it back when..." once it becomes a hit, like a band you discovered early and watched rise to stardom. Or B) You can hold it as one of those nice little "secrets" and you can be part of an exclusive club of people with good taste, much like a good Italian restaurant not many people know about and you are kind of glad people don't know so it can be "yours", and you can always get a seat without waiting.

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