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A Bag of Hammers (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 March 2011 (USA)
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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.

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Ben
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Alan
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Kelsey
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Melanie
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Marty
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Wyatt
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Lynette
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Kelsey - Age 18
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The Cop
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Vince Ortega
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The Hobo (as Barbara Rossmeisl)
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Greg Clark ...
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Jorge (as Ricardo J. Chacon)
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Neighbor (as Dale Waddington Horowitz)
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Storyline

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

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

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Comedy | Drama

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Nuijat faijat  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Quotes

Melanie: Hey, Marty.
Marty: [to his buddy] This is it.
Melanie: What can I get you?
Marty: A side of you.
[shows her a ring]
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This film is dedicated to Suellen and William Crano. Who are great parents. See more »

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References Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

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Take Off Your Sunglasses
Performed by Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
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A superb movie suitable for everyone!
17 June 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

So far the rating on this movie is so low - that is NOT because it is not a good movie. It combines the bro-movie with a real look at the financial circumstances so many are suffering today. Both male characters are a gentle combination of quirky losers who decide to take on a young boy who is going through hard times much as they did.

Jason Ritter is such a pleasing actor, his nature and humour shine as the young man whose brother's death informs his aimlessness. Jake Sandvig is an excellent match, if you wanted to find a flaw perhaps they were too much alike, but personally I found it believable. Rebecca Hall, playing Jason's sister, is the voice of sanity - but not always right. Chandler Canterbury as the young boy is wonderful - all you would want in any 12 year old but prematurely old due to his life circumstances.

Done with a beautiful subtlety and restraint, this is one of the best movies I've seen of this genre in a long time.


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