Ben and Alan, two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, find direction for their lives by taking in an abandoned child and creating the family they've always needed.

Director:

Brian Crano
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Ritter ... Ben
Jake Sandvig ... Alan
Chandler Canterbury ... Kelsey
Rebecca Hall ... Melanie
Todd Louiso ... Marty
Gabriel Macht ... Wyatt
Carrie Preston ... Lynette
Johnny Simmons ... Kelsey - Age 18
Josh Cooke Josh Cooke ... The Cop
Micah Hauptman ... Vince Ortega
Barb Rossmeisl Barb Rossmeisl ... The Hobo (as Barbara Rossmeisl)
Devika Parikh ... Interviewer 1
Greg Clark Greg Clark ... Interviewer 2
Ricardo Chacon ... Jorge (as Ricardo J. Chacon)
Dale Waddington ... Neighbor (as Dale Waddington Horowitz)
Edit

Storyline

Ben and Alan, two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, find direction for their lives by taking in an abandoned child and creating the family they've always needed.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A con is easy. Family is hard. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Lynette is hanging her interview shirt, she hangs it crooked. In the next shot, the shirt is hanged perfectly. See more »

Quotes

Alan: I don't know how you could come here every day.
Melanie: It's easy. I go to... I get up in the morning. I go to work. That's it.
Alan: So do I. That's it.
Melanie: No, what you do isn't work. It's...
Alan: Well, it pays my bills - and sometimes yours.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Performed by Bernard Soustrot and Jean Dekyndt
See more »

User Reviews

 
Beautiful film, brilliant soundtrack!
10 July 2013 | by maisiedraperSee 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!


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bag of Hammers See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed