The Hammer (2008)

Genre(s): Comedy / Sports
Weinstein Company || R - 91 minutes - $19.98 || June 24, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-06-12


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Writer(s): Adam Carolla (story), Kevin Hench (screenplay)
Cast: Adam Carolla, Oswaldo Castillo, Heather Juergensen, Harold House Moore, Jonathan Hernandez, Chris Darga, Constance Zimmer, Tom Quinn


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • A Conversation with Adam & Ozzie
  • Behind-the-Scenes Promotional Segments
  • Ozzie's ADR Session
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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Comedian Adam Carolla is a divisive kind of personality. He’s not politically correct and is an equal opportunity offender going after all sides of really any issues. You either like his style of comedy or you don’t, there’s little room in between. I’ve been a fan of his for several years dating back around the year 2000 during his days on “Loveline Radio”. He has since left “Loveline” for a morning show (taking over for Howard Stern on the West Coast) but also still pops in on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” once in a while. He’s an unusual guy: lanky hair, odd voice and even odder sense of humor. Leading man material, right?

Carolla makes his feature film starring debut (he’s had cameos in the past) in a heartfelt independent comedy as Jerry Ferro, a washed up Golden Glove boxer now working in construction with pal Ozzie Sanchez (played by real life best pal, Ozzie Castillo). Jerry spends most of his time ranting against this or that (societal issues, general stuff) while pissing off his boss. Jerry also works part time as a boxing instructor where he meets Lindsay (Juergensen; Kissing Jessica Stein), a cute public defender whom he takes an immediate liking towards.

Meanwhile, he also catches the eye of a boxing trainer (Quinn) who invites Jerry to tryouts for the 2008 Olympics because, he notices, Jerry has an incredible left hook. Reluctantly, Jerry agrees and also begins a training regiment to lose weight and get into shape for the light-weight boxing category. Along with two other hopefuls (Moore, Hernandez), they take the show on the road to the regionals and then finals.

Carolla knows he isn’t an actor, so rather than create some schmuck named “Jerry”; he plays himself including his rants and ravings (some classics for fans). This works because otherwise, if he tried to change his personality it would’ve A) come off as bad acting and B) would be tough to watch since Carolla is a unique figure and for him to play somebody else would be dumb. He harnesses what makes him funny and thus the entire movie benefits.

The film was directed with style and class (well, let’s just say with satisfactory results) by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld (brother to producer and financial backer, Eden Wurmfeld) and was written by Adam Carolla (story) and Kevin Hench (segment producer on “The Man Show”). Director Wurmfeld also helmed 2003’s Legally Blonde 2, and before that, Kissing Jessica Stein. Also look for a funny exchange between Carolla and Jane Lynch (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) in a cameo appearance.

The Hammer is actually a funny little comedy that has heart and soul. If you can handle Carolla’s style of comedy, then you will hang tight for the duration as it is consistently funny from beginning to end.

Peculiarly, this film is rated R for “Brief Language”. Yeah, there were two f-bombs, but come on...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Feature Commentary – “Calling All Nerds!” Star/Writer/Executive Producer Adam Carolla and Writer/Co-Producer Kevin Bench join together for an entertaining track that any Carolla fan will love. They keep up with the pace of the film and make you laugh throughout. This is more for entertainment, though they do get into bits of trivia about making an independent movie.

Conversation with Adam & Ozzie (17:11) is a funny little featurette where the two friends of 11 or 19 years (depending on who you ask) gives insight into their friendship and Ozzie’s thoughts on his feature debut.

Behind-the-Scenes Promotional Segments (10:36) are six segments that originally appeared on the Net where Adam and others work on the film. There’s a segment where Adam tells a funny story about an incident some time ago. Well worth watching.

The disc also contains a selection of deleted scenes (9:36), a disappointingly unfunny set of outtakes (4:45), Ozzie’s ADR Session (1:57), the trailer (2:25) and a still gallery.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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The Hammer is presented in anamorphic widescreen and looks... well, alright. The picture is actually pretty grainy in spots, maybe due to its low budget nature. Some might find it distracting. Otherwise, colors seem to be fine, nothing flashy but fine.

The DVD sports an average Dolby 5.1 track that does its job of relaying the cast’s lines via the center speaker with some choice music utilizing the others.



.::OVERALL::.

The Hammer might not be the comedy of the year (2008) and yes, Adam Carolla isn’t going to be everyone’s bottle of beer, but for his fans, this film will be a riot. I figure, if people can accept Jerry Seinfeld’s “acting” on his long-running series, why not do the same for Mr. Carolla? He’s certainly not any worse. As for the movie, it’s quite funny and at its core, is also smart and has a heart.