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.

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Brian Crano
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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)
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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.

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

Amanda: I was ready to share forever with you, but did you care? No. You'd rather share it with him, and steal, steal, steal! Alan, Alan, Alan! I mean, was I just some hole for you? What does he have that I don't?
Ben: Uh, well, an indoor voice.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Soundtracks

I Hope You Die
Performed by Wye Oak
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Quirky and Deep
19 February 2014 | by meghensley20See all my reviews

I was first drawn in by the poster to watch this film. A friend of mine had recommended it and I thought I would give it a chance. I was looking to watch a film that made me laugh and cry, and this is exactly what this film did! I am a fan of Carrie Preston and Rebecca Hall as well. I am now a fan of the other actors as well! Everyone fit their role so wonderfully! The plot moved along very nicely and I was surprised to find myself so emotional after I had just been laughing at something in the prior scene. I wish there were more independent films like this. A wide audience can identify with each of the characters. A beautiful film.


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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 »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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