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Movie Review: The Hammer

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The Hammer stars Adam Carolla, Oswaldo Castillo, Harold House Moore, and Heather Juergensen. The story was written by Adam Carolla and it’s directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld (Legally Blond 2: Red, White & Blonde).

Jerry Ferro (Adam Carolla) is a washed-up boxer who becomes drained of all motives when he loses his job and his girlfriend on his 40th Birthday. While training at the gym to relieve some of his stress, a professional boxing trainer notices his “Heavy Left” and thinks he would be perfect as a sparring partner for his best boxer, Robert Brown (Harold House Moore).

The storyline is simple and everything works effortlessly thanks to Adam Carolla’s clean and pastoral approach. This has an appropriate line of likable characters, some intelligently vibrant humor, and a surprisingly touching story with an unusually big heart. What makes the film work so well is the fitting cast, especially Jerry’s roommate Oswaldo’s mispronounced words that are sure to bring the laughs. It might not be Oscar worthy or even a classic, but it is a hidden gem that I would consider a must-see for its intellect and irresistible glee.

The camera work might be a little sketchy during the scenes of brisk dialog, but the boxing scenes are shot with skill, and you have Adam Carolla to stitch everything up. This film explores many areas of melodrama (including friendship and romance), enhancing the effectiveness of the film, and guides it to the heartfelt conclusion that is sure to bring a tremendous amount of chi to its viewers. It’s a sports comedy that stands on its own level of greatness – something unworthy of its R-rating and deserving of a wider audience, considering its strong messages and unsoiled brand of humor.

Never too violent and consistently funny, its appropriate style is something to be cherished, and proof that comedies don’t have to resort to potty drollery or the occasional vulgarity that is overloading Hollywood’s sense of humor. This just might be the most influential comedy in years and I say that with extreme confidence. A seemingly effortless attempt at making us laugh and still succeeds in doing so. This is an amazing feat. 4.5/5 stars

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