13 user 27 critic

A Bag of Hammers (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 March 2011 (USA)
2:26 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, whose direction is tested by an abandoned child worn beyond his years. Together they invent the family they've always needed.


3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A pregnant woman fears for her unborn child's life if she doesn't avenge a supernatural entity.

Director: Predrag Antonijevic
Stars: Rebecca Da Costa, Milo Ventimiglia, Andie MacDowell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Bo Durant, a volatile, working-class gearhead, sees himself trapped in a world with few possibilities but when he falls off his stepdaughter's bike, suffers a concussion, stops eating, and ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Goodman
Stars: Gabriel Macht, Tony Rocha, Chaney Kley
Please Give (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.

Director: Nicole Holofcener
Stars: Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall
S.W.A.T.: Firefight (Video 2011)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Expert S.W.A.T. leader Paul Cutler goes to Detroit on a special assignment to train and certify the city's S.W.A.T. team. After a hostage is killed during an assignment, the victim's ... See full summary »

Director: Benny Boom
Stars: Gabriel Macht, Robert Patrick, Carly Pope
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.

Director: Dan Rush
Stars: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Jordan Wallace
Rubberheart (2007)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

It's Tuesday and Maggie is on the prowl for single-use sex partner at her local hunting ground, the video store. Hapless video nerd Ted tries, as always, to curry favor with Maggie, but she... See full summary »

Director: Brian Crano
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Josh Cooke, Jake Sandvig
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

101 Ways (the things a girl will do to keep her Volvo) chronicles the epic adventures of Watson (Wendy Hoopes), a struggling young writer who moves to the quiet suburbs to write her first ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer B. Katz
Stars: Wendy Hoopes, Jayce Bartok, Rick Bean
Janie Jones (2010)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young girl who has been abandoned by her former-groupie mother informs a fading rock star that she is his daughter.

Director: David M. Rosenthal
Stars: Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue
Middle Men (2009)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Chronicles Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, as he wrestles with his morals and struggles not to drown in a sea of conmen, mobsters, drug addicts, and pornstars.

Director: George Gallo
Stars: Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

There are times when it's right and proper to simply bury the dead. This is not one of those times... Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his time; a bitter, brilliant... See full summary »

Director: David Caffrey
Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Christina Applegate, Marley Shelton
Standing Up II (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two kids befriend each other after being left stripped nude in a lake as the victims of an immature summer camp prank. They run away from camp and for three days learn more about each other than they've ever known before.

Director: D.J. Caruso
Stars: Chandler Canterbury, Annalise Basso, Radha Mitchell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The critically important work by renowned naturalist Claudine Andre to save the endangered bonobo apes of the Congo is presented in this visually stunning feature film.

Director: Alain Tixier
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Luke Evans, Claudine André


Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey - Age 18
Josh Cooke ...
The Cop
Vince Ortega
Barb Rossmeisl ...
The Hobo (as Barbara Rossmeisl)
Interviewer 1
Greg Clark ...
Interviewer 2
Jorge (as Ricardo J. Chacon)
Neighbor (as Dale Waddington Horowitz)


Two car thieving buddies (Ben and Alan) come to personal crossroads when Kelsey, a likable but neglected and fairly well abandoned twelve-year-old boy, crosses their path. Ben and Alan, having bonded for life in helping each other escape unhappy home lives, react differently to Kelsey's situation. One deeply fears the responsibility of looking after a child (having had no personal experiences worth following) while the other finds himself compelled to take him in (seeing himself in the child - an abandoned kid whom no one else wants). Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A comedy about good times and grand theft. See more »


Comedy | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:

| |  »



Release Date:

12 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nuijat faijat  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Johnny Simmons, who plays Kelsey at age 18, is the same age as Jake Sandvig, who plays Alan, his adoptive father. They were both 25 when A Bag of Hammers was made. See more »


Alan: [holding a condom package] Kelsey, we sat you down today because we wanted to talk to you about...
Ben: [holding a banana] ... something very important.
Alan: First of all, what happens in Penthouse doesn't happen in real life.
Ben: It never looks that good. You don't want to get a girl pregnant before your, um, in love with her.
Alan: And ready to start a life... with her.
Ben: Yes. And each time you have sex, you are risking marriage.
See more »

Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Suellen and William Crano. Who are great parents. See more »


References Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »


Breaking All the Rules
Performed by Evan Vidar
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

15 June 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

I've never felt the need to review a movie before, but I absolutely loved this movie and as it finished I just wanted to tell someone to see it! As it's Friday night and all my friends are busy at the moment I'll just have to tell you guys: Go and watch this movie!

I'm not going to say anything about the plot, the trailer covers just enough, the viewer understands what it's about but there are still surprises along the way in the plot and emotions that comes up. I highly recommend this movie to anyone. If one of those who made this movie happens to read this; Thank you. You made my weekend.


28 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Are they gay? JustCuriosity
If they're not already using this song... abbytgill
Now streaming on Netflix spaceheater501
They were NOT gay Guerrilla_Thrilla
Very Last Line nerdsky
Adopted? rgardner-686-693998
Discuss A Bag of Hammers (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: