The Hammer

January 3rd, 2007


The Hammer

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Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture...

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.2/10 (4,038 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld

Stars: Adam Carolla, Oswaldo Castillo, Heather Juergensen

Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer -- who quit so he wouldn't risk his perfect record of underachievement -- Jerry has been knocking around from one construction job to another and spinning his wheels in an unsatisfying relationship, all the while with an eye toward eventually getting his act together. His last connection to the fight game is the evening boxing class he teaches to middle-aged, middle class, middle management types at a gym in Pasadena, where he also works as a handyman. When venerable boxing coach Eddie Bell asks Jerry if he'd like to spar a couple of rounds with Malice Blake, an up-and-coming pro, Jerry reluctantly steps into the ring. Despite the ass-kicking Jerry otherwise receives, a one-punch knockdown of Blake convinces Jerry that it's time to make his return to competitive boxing...

Writers: Kevin Hench, Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla - Jerry Ferro
Oswaldo Castillo - Oswaldo Sanchez
Harold House Moore - Robert Brown
Christopher Darga - Mike LeMat
Jonathan Hernandez - Victor Padilla
Heather Juergensen - Lindsay Pratt
Paul Alayo - Boxer Opponent
Rian Bishop - Nationals Trainer
Ascencion Bribiescas - Boxing Student
Antonio Caballero -
Derrick Deane - Gym Member
Lorenzo Eduardo - Posse Member #2
John Enos III - Steve
Kevin Ferguson - Jeff
Jim FitzGerald - Announcer

Taglines: Some Guys Don't Know Their Destiny Till It Hits Them In The Face.


Official Website: MySpace |

Release Date: 3 Jan 2007

Filming Locations: La Brea Tar Pits, Hancock Park, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $97,137 (USA) (23 March 2008) (20 Screens)

Gross: $442,638 (USA) (4 May 2008)

Did You Know?

The film was going to be released straight to DVD until Adam Carolla insisted that the movie be released in theaters and put up approximately $300,000 of his own money for prints and promotion to fund a limited release.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The call letters of the station for the announcer in the finals taking place in California starts with a "W" (WKXP). Broadcasting call letters in the USA west of the Mississippi river start with a "K". However, this was not standardized until the 1930s and many stations created before that time kept their W or K even though they were east/west of the Mississippi.

Oswaldo Sanchez: Jerry! Jerry! Wake up, man! You missing the tryouts, man!
Jerry Ferro: [sleeping] I'll do the Olympics next time...

User Review

An uplifting story told with great humor

Rating: 10/10

As one would expect from an Adam Corolla movie, there are plenty of the rapier witticisms he is known for, and there is a solid laugh-out-loud every few minutes for the duration. But, more importantly, the story is a really sweet, engaging and uplifting tale of a middle aged slacker who takes one last shot at achieving his dreams, or at least realizing what they are. It was truly beautiful, in the way he comes to embrace his life and mission. Also, credit to Adam's heavily-accented Nicaraguan friend Ozzie as his sidekick, the duo has something of a Don Quixote-Sancho Panza feel to it, which works very well. I'm an AC fan, but my wife is not, and she loved it as well. This might be the best "small movie" I've ever seen.


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