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A Bag of Hammers [Blu-ray] (2011)

Jason Ritter , Jake Sandvig , Brian Crano  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Ritter, Jake Sandvig
  • Directors: Brian Crano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007K7IB1G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Bag of Hammers [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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A Bag Of Hammers revolves around the friendship of two charming grifters, Ben and Alan, played by Jason Ritter and Jake Sandvig. Ben and Alan have built a successful though larcenous business, posing as car valets, only to steal the vehicles instead of parking them. Because of their less-than-ideal childhoods and a "job" that allows them to remain likeable boyish rogues well into their 20's, their penchant for crime is almost forgivable. However, everything changes when they meet a twelve-year-old boy named Kelsey. Neglected by his mother, Kelsey is drawn to Ben and Alan and they to him - eventually, Kelsey becomes part mascot, part protege. His presence ultimately forces Alan and Ben to choose between a life of crime and fun (an extended childhood) and the opportunity to grow up and deal with the emotional consequences that come with it.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great film! June 15, 2012
By Lynak86
I love this quirky, smart, dramatic, touching indie film. The acting is superb by actors Jake Sandvig, Jason Ritter, and Rebecca Hall. It has a bit of everything you could want in a film, I just wish it was in theaters for a longer period of time :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly heartfelt commedy February 25, 2013
This movie was a complete surprise. I found it randomly on a streaming site that starts with "N."

This is a story about two slackers/small time criminals who find themselves caring for a 12 year-old boy. The story shifts from comedy to fatherhood, and how families form as needed. There is still a lot of humor in the story, until it reaches a certain point where it's breaking your heart.

The film pays off. Highly recommended.

So many films today want to portray young men, and fathers in particular as losers trying to escape parenting. This is a story about people who fight for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and memorable January 6, 2013
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A Bag of Hammers starring Jason Ritter and Jake Sandvig is one of those movies that starts off as a comedy and then halfway through, shifts to a serious, thoughtful film. A Bag of Hammers is the story of two slackers who suddenly become a father figure to a seriously neglected boy named Kelsey. Rebeca Hall and Amanda Seyfried also star. I really loved this movie, I felt like the ending was so moving and you could really feel the love for this troubled boy. I highly recommend it, enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie I had never heard of August 13, 2013
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This is a really good movie. I had never heard of it and noticed it on Amazon. Jason Ritter is amazing. Definitely worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clunky title, thoughtful movie June 26, 2013
The title of this movie is very clunky - "Bag of Hammers"?!?! - and is not what you might expect. Why it was given that name is not explained until about midway through the movie - which is fine, but it does make you wonder, and may keep people from watching it. (The explanation makes total sense, btw.)

Essentially, best friends Ben and Alan support themselves by stealing cars in an unnamed California city. They pose as complimentary valet parkers at funerals and then take one of the vehicles - literally, put their "complimentary valet" sign in the car and drive off with it - and sell it to their friend Marty. Alan's sister Melanie does not approve of this activity, but she doesn't seem to mind taking money from their nefarious deeds, nor driving one of the cars (which I assume was not actually stolen, but we don't know for sure). Mel works as a waitress at a diner, and is going to college (studying some unknown subject).

Their situation changes when the pair rent a bungalow next to their house (which I thought was also a scam!) to a single mom with a 12-year-old son, Kelsey. The mom, Lynette, is a bona fide mess and neglects her son, who ends up hanging out with the boys. ***SPOILER ALERT*** When Lynette kills herself, Ben and Alan take on the task of raising Kelsey - at least until Mel turns them in to Child Protective Services.***END SPOILER***

The movie has a lot of things going for it. A great cast (including Jason Ritter, John Ritter's son... the entire time I watched the movie I wondered why he looked so familiar!) who fully inhabit their roles, an interesting storyline, and the tackling of topics - such as child abuse and neglect - that are usually either ignored or so fully embraced that they become tiresome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed it! April 25, 2013
By Bobbi
I came across this movie randomly at the library, loved it! Very well done Drama-dey. Worth purchasing as I plan to watch it again down the road.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! April 22, 2013
By Aislynn
This film is fantastic and will leave you with a smile on your face. I know it did with me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Surprise! November 29, 2012
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This film has such a good story and manages a perfect balance of comedy and drama. Everything from the writing to the actors' portrayals to the music was really well executed. It has both warm, dry, and dark humor and each character feels real and complex. Highly recommend it - you won't be sorry!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars great story with a hurried ending
the first hour or so of the movie is quite entertaining. i got the impression, however, that they must have run out of money to hire someone to write a legitimate ending for the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sarrudakkk
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful movie
It was a touching movie. I really enjoyed it! Watch part of it on cable and just had to see the beginning
Published 6 months ago by Nicole Merriweather
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt Story- Tragic commentary
This was a wonderful movie. I enjoyed the acting and the story line. It hit home on many aspects. The thing that bothered me the most about the story line is that had the two... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melissa Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Got serious
At first I did think this movie was going to be funny and it times...the other times well it tugged at your heart strings and caused a misting effect to my eyeballs which... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Russell S
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
very funny movie but touching as well, with a touch of emotional tearing, very surprising. how a sudden change in your can make you a better person.
Published 13 months ago by Kent Jaquette
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving
I bought this movie for my husband who watched it while traveling. I wasn't sure I would like it but it is really, really good.
Published 18 months ago by C. Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Why hadn't I ever heard of this before??
A quirky indie film, initially no character seems appealing (or one that you'd want to identify with), but the story draws out some redeeming qualities. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Nbot
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