The Hebrew Hammer

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  • R
  • 2002
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 6.1  (5,062)
  • 41

In a world where Christmas has become the dominant holiday and Jews are left feeling left out, one man steps up to defend his people: The Hebrew Hammer. The film, released in 2003, follows Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg), a Jewish private eye who is called upon to save Hanukkah from Santa's evil son, Damian Claus (Andy Dick). Carver, the self-proclaimed "Baddest Heeb this side of Tel Aviv," sets out to stop Claus from eradicating Hanukkah and making everyone celebrate Christmas instead.

The Hebrew Hammer is a tongue-in-cheek comedy that pokes fun at Jewish stereotypes while also celebrating Jewish culture. From the opening sequence set in a Borscht Belt-style Catskills resort to the various references to classic Jewish cinema, the film is a love letter to all things Jewish.

Goldberg is the perfect fit for the role of Carver. He's tough, quick-witted, and doesn't shy away from the absurdity of the situations he finds himself in. Goldberg's performance is matched by the supporting cast, which includes Judy Greer as Esther Bloomenbergensteinenthal, Carver's love interest, and Dick as Claus, who chews the scenery in the best way possible.

The humor in The Hebrew Hammer is often broad and silly, but it works because the film never takes itself too seriously. There are jokes about gefilte fish and kugel, but there are also references to blaxploitation films and James Bond. The film is a mishmash of cultural touchstones that somehow manages to feel cohesive.

One of the film's strongest elements is its exploration of Jewish identity. While on the surface it may seem like a dumb comedy, The Hebrew Hammer actually has a lot to say about what it means to be Jewish in America. Carver is depicted as a man who is proud of his heritage but also frustrated by the way Jews are often excluded from mainstream culture. The film's climax, which takes place during a musical number set to "The Dreidel Song," is a celebration of Jewish culture that feels genuinely heartfelt.

The Hebrew Hammer is not a perfect film. At times, it feels like it's trying too hard to be outrageous. There are also a few jokes that haven't aged well, particularly when it comes to gender and sexuality. But overall, the film is a lot of fun. It's not often that you get to see a Jewish superhero kicking butt and taking names, and for that alone, The Hebrew Hammer deserves to be remembered.

If you're looking for a film that will make you laugh and give you a newfound appreciation for Hanukkah, look no further than The Hebrew Hammer. It's a wacky, weird, and wonderful film that deserves to be discovered by a new generation of viewers.

The Hebrew Hammer is a 2002 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 41.

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    6.1  (5,062)
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