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Product Details

  • Actors: Adam Carolla, Oswaldo Castillo, Heather Juergensen, Tom Quinn, Harold "House" Moore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (465 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00151QYFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hammer" on IMDb

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Product Description

When a former amateur boxer (Adam Carolla) loses his construction job, he gets a second chance at his dream when he is invited to try out for the U.S. Olympic Team.

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No, The Hammer is not the Fred Williamson story, but a surprisingly satisfying underdog sports movie and date movie; an unlikely genre combination, but The Hammer nails it. Adam Carolla, former co-host of The Man Show, stars as underachiever Jerry, just turned 40. A former Golden Gloves boxer (as was Carolla), he works as a construction worker/handyman and also teaches the sweet science at the local gym. You know the drill: Jerry gets fired after running afoul of his abusive boss; Jerry loses fed-up girlfriend; Jerry meets Lindsay (Heather Jurgensen), an idealistic public defender; Jerry impresses a coach and gets the chance to try out for the Olympic boxing team. But a deft touch makes The Hammer a contender. This is Carolla's first bout with leading man status, and, happily, he has the director of the "I Kissed a Girl" arthouse hit, Kissing Jessica Stein in his corner. The script makes effective use of Carolla's unpretentious screen presence, giving him ample opportunity to punch out some droll comic riffs while he pursues his second chance in the ring as well as Lindsay. Add to the mix a grudging friendship he develops with a cocky boxer whom the coach is grooming. The Hammer may not technically be a knockout, but it does go the distance. --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews

Adam Carolla does a great job.
Chris Franklin
I wasn't expecting much, but when I was done watching it, I said that's a pretty good movie.
Richard Kyle Smith
The movie has a good story with great humor.
Steve Mueller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By H. Hagopian on April 23, 2008
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When I heard this was an independent film project by Adam Carolla, I assumed it was going to be at least fun to watch and since I'm a fan of Adam I decided to support him by watching this movie. Let me just say that this movie is the funniest movie I've seen in a long time. Make no mistake with The Hammer, it wasn't simply "better than expected", it is genuinely a great movie, very funny, and very fun to watch.

It's the perfect movie to buy on DVD, because many people haven't seen or heard of it, so when you've got people over at the house looking at your DVD collection, The Hammer is one you're going to convince them to watch every time.
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful By J. Lombard on March 25, 2008
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Carolla and Juergensen have a hit here! The Hammer, loosely based on Adam Carolla's real life as a simple carpenter -- before the his top-rated morning radio show, before his turning-point friendship with now Tonight Show host Jimmy Kimmel, before The Man Show -- is an authentic view into the dreams, doubts and struggles of an average guy trying to make a better life for himself in the tough world of boxing without losing his ethics. Carolla's trademark wit will keep you laughing through the entire movie; the boxing scenes provide enough action for guys; Juergensen as the smart love interest hits just the right note; the entire film simply amuses, delights and charms. Buy This Classic Movie! You will love it regardless of whether you know who Carolla is. I just saw this movie Friday and can't stop smiling and recommending it. Mainstream reviews are uniformly positive; Ebert & gave it 2 thumbs way up!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Russell E. Mathis on June 24, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a great movie for anyone who likes Adam Carolla, sports movies, or both.
It is consistently funny, well paced, and has a great story.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. McLeroy on June 3, 2008
Format: DVD
Dear online movie review diary,

Went to San Diego opening weekend to see a movie starring the Aceman, Adam Carollla. Wait, only two 'L's in Carolla.

Delete! Delete.

My two regrets about the movie are that I only saw it once, and that my hero Tom Brady isn't in it. As it is, it is only the funniest, wittiest, and best movie of the year, be it independent or studio-driven. If you doubled down and added some Brady, it is the perfect film, bar none.

Don't make the same mistake I did, online movie review readers. Buy two copies of the DVD so you can see it twice. It is that funny. Then send one copy each to the Aceman and Tom Brady, asking that they sign and return. When you don't get either copy back, buy another copy for future enjoyment.

P.S. - G.S. Go Sox!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Some guy who buys stuff on amazon on May 29, 2008
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This is a great comedy for men and women of any age. There are plenty of laughs for Adams Fans from his other shows like Loveline, The Man Show and his Morning Radio show. But it also has a wide appeal for those who may not be familiar with Carolla. Very funny without relying on movie cliches like most other comedies made recently. It has a fun and uplifting story with excellent and genuine performances from every role.

A great Romantic Comedy, perfect for dates and couples. No matter who you are you will find something to enjoy in this movie.

Also don't fear the R rating. It has 2 F Bombs that are in context and not vulgar. There is no violence other than some boxing. No sex, nudity or suggestive conversation. No gross out humor or anything offensive for that matter. unless you are super uptight you won't find anything in here that you would feel uncomfortable showing your 10 year old.

if you don't buy it, at least do yourself a favor and rent it. But you'll probably end up buying it later if you rent it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Wiedmeyer on July 28, 2008
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"The Hammer" is funny, has interesting and occasionally funny fight scenes, and is even moving when the Jayhawks are featured on the soundtrack. Adam's impressive rope-skipping is fun to watch and there was a very cool fight scene where some of the action was shot from ground level to show off boxing footwork.

Everyone I know who watched the movie liked it. They all seemed to laugh more than I did, though, and I think I know why: I'm too big an Adam fan. I listen to The Adam Carolla Show way more than is probably good for me, and since there was no advertising budget for this movie, there were a few months of "Hammer" bombardment where audio drops from the movie were played over and over until some of the jokes were "F'ed out" as Adam would say. I feel I heard the "75 percent-er" line a thousand times before I saw the movie. The important bit is, though, that everyone else I know (mostly non-fans) laughed throughout.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Goldberg on June 19, 2008
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We are huge fans of Adam's radio show and went to see the movie in the theater and loved it!!! It felt authentic and believable without being cliché. The casting was great we loved Oswaldo. Great job Adam!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. Ramos on June 16, 2008
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Anyone who listens to Carolla's radio show has heard how many people have uttered those words. It is unfair, but the reality is that even as a HUGE fan, I was impressed. Everyone in the theater loved it and it was a great and unique story. Check it out!
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