A Bag of Hammers [Blu-ray]
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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.
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.Read more ›
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At first I did think this movie was going to be funny and it was...at times...the other times well it tugged at your heart strings and caused a misting effect to my eyeballs which... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rita Reichard
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 morePublished on July 19, 2014 by sarrudakkk
It was a touching movie. I really enjoyed it! Watch part of it on cable and just had to see the beginningPublished on February 6, 2014 by Nicole Merriweather
This is a really good movie. I had never heard of it and noticed it on Amazon. Jason Ritter is amazing. Definitely worth watching.Published on August 13, 2013 by Jennifer Rose
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 on August 5, 2013 by Kent Jaquette
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.Published on April 25, 2013 by Bobbi