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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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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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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

Ben: What do we look like? Criminals?
Melanie: Nah. Well, looks can be deceiving.
Ben: That's precisely why we're so successful.
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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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I Hope You Die
Performed by Wye Oak
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Beautiful film, brilliant soundtrack!
10 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Really lovely storyline, well acted and genuine, I absolutely loved it. It wasn't what I expected and the advert really does not do it justice. I would recommend it to anyone. It also has a truly stunning accompanying soundtrack and I would highly recommend just listening to on its own. Its a very gentle film that doesn't pull its punches, its truthful and as the film goes on and the story starts to pull together you really start to realise how beautifully thought out it all is. It touches on the themes of neglect, a badly run welfare system and the horrible cycle of poverty and unfairness. Totally uplifting it made me cry twice! This film really does not get the credit it is due. Watch it and recommend it to all your friends!


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