61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2008
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.
58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2008
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!
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2008
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.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2008
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.
23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2008
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.
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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2008
"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.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2008
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!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2008
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
With a nice combination of sports and romance, 'The Hammer' is a film sure to please both men and women. Adam Corolla plays a 40 year old carpenter who could have been a contender. The story is simple Carolla plays a regular guy who doesn't apply himself and hasn't had much success financially or emotionally. He gets a second chance after his girlfriend leaves him and a boxing manager sees something in him.
The film works because Carolla eases up on his usual attics and plays a very likable guy and the relationship between him and Juergensen is realistic. The film is way better than it should be and gets a boost from Carolla and the surrounding players in this inspirational and cute romance film. Hey Guys, the next time it's your turn to pick the movie surprise your sweetheart with this one! She'll like it as much as you will!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2008
Adam Carolla commented that this movie was about an 8.5, but it had an extra likability and charm to it that other, equally satisfying movies on a technical level, do not have. That statement defines as well as possible the special affection that most viewers walk away from this film with. While an 8.5 is rare to find in theaters this day - or decade, there is something that connects with you when watching this film. Maybe it's due to the universal themes it tells in its story and the fact that it doesn't confine itself to one genre, or any tired production cliches.
In the tale of this main character's life, there are great laughs, tumultuous challenges, determinism, and humanity. It forgoes the mainstream movie model mold, to have the courage to flow between varying moods to best express these emotions and themes. One scene may have no laughs, while exploring romance or drama instead. Each aspect of this story is singularly richer due to that respect of the viewer's intelligence, while working in harmony when the time is right to create a wonderful and rare tapestry of composition, touching on many themes and emotions at once.
This film is composed with that fresh independence and it also looks the part. Far from a negative point, certain scenes clearly lack the Hollywood polish and relentlessly overproduced timing. There is a spirit of good friends, who happen to know what good comedy and good art is, getting together with their free time to put it on film - while done professionally and in skillful craft, it is not drowning in its own diluted stylism.
As I said, this film is not one genre more than the other; it's the life of a man who is middle aged and ready to take a chance, who luckily has a great sense of humor along the ride. In fact, I would place Adam Carolla's character in the same league as Woody Allen and Larry David in that incredibly difficult role of the self-depricating, worldly complainer, whom is still charming and never loses your affection. Beyond those legendary entertainers often portrayed roles, Carolla adds even more dimensions in his character, in the form of a man who knows when to be serious or romantic, in addition to that inviting wit and humor.
The Hammer is a movie that doesn't come along often. It may be about an 8.5 on paper, but there is an unbelievably fresh vitality and meaning that comes through above all else and earns your affection; also earning it a near perfect rating, due to it's universal draw and long-unseen unique delivery. It connects on a level that is reserved for our most beloved classic films. For that, it is an excellent film with a story you may be familiar with, but delivered with a passion and brilliant humanity the likes of which I've never seen, nor expect to again any time soon. Thank you, Adam Carolla, for sharing your love of the art with us and providing us that.