Hebrew Hammer
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The Hebrew Hammer

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Director: Jonathan Kesselman

Cast: Adam Goldberg, Judy Greer, Andy Dick

     
 
He's hip, he's fly, and he never mixes meat with dairy -- he's the world's first Jewish private eye, and he's out to save the world in this satiric comedy. Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg) is a super-cool Jewish detective who takes no mess and is always ready to do the right thing for his Torah-reading brothers. But Carver is a lone wolf, and he isn't so

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He's hip, he's fly, and he never mixes meat with dairy -- he's the world's first Jewish private eye, and he's out to save the world in this satiric comedy. Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg) is a super-cool Jewish detective who takes no mess and is always ready to do the right thing for his Torah-reading brothers. But Carver is a lone wolf, and he isn't so sure he's interested in taking an assignment from Chief Bloomenbergansteinthal (Peter Coyote) of the Jewish Justice League -- or at least not until he meets the Chief's gorgeous daughter, Esther (Judy Greer). It seems a mysterious stranger named Damien (Andy Dick) has made it his business to persuade Jewish children to abandon their faith in favor of celebrating Christmas, and it's Carver's job to find out who is behind Damien's campaign while urging kids to be proud of their Semitic heritage. In time, Carver learns that Damien is actually doing the dirty work of his sinister stepfather, Santa Claus (Richard Riehle). The Hebrew Hammer also features Nora Dunn as Carver's kvetching mother, and a cameo appearance by Melvin Van Peebles as outlaw blaxploitation icon Sweetback.

Editorial Reviews

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There had never been a mainstream parody that exclusively focused its good-natured barbs on Judaism, and for that reason alone, The Hebrew Hammer should be a film of interest in a comedy spectrum replete with Jewish performers. Getting it released was another matter -- the film's limited theatrical run was piggybacked on Comedy Central's world premiere of a version truncated for TV, part of an exclusive broadcast deal signed by the cable network. Regardless of its choppy path into existence, The Hebrew Hammer was worth the wait, as it wickedly matches a cheeky Mel Brooks-style script with a performance by Adam Goldberg that harnesses blaxploitation cool and kvetching in a single winning persona. Sure, there's plenty about it that's not quite ready for prime time -- like in Airplane! or The Naked Gun, many of the more obvious jokes and puns demand to be included simply because they'd never before been committed to celluloid. There's a lot that would seem sketchy coming out of the mind of anyone but a Jewish writer, such as a "Jewdar," which makes a positive ethnic identification by detecting someone stooping over for loose change. The concept of circumcision makes its share of appearances as well. But as minorities are granted unofficial license to mock their own kind, the jokes don't carry any palpable offense. By the time Goldberg has unleashed his secret weapon on Santa's unsuspecting heir (Andy Dick, having a catty blast), viewers should be glad that writer/director Jonathan Kesselman decided to go all out. In a safe zone of self-deprecation, he finds his way to some good jabs at "gentiles" and Kwanzaa-celebrating blacks along the way.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
UPC:
0097368802544
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Comedy Central
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
53,089

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Adam Goldberg, director Jonathan Kesselman, producer Josh Kesselman and their mother, Sandra Kesselman; Deleted scenes; Outtakes; Bios; Behind the scenes footage

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Goldberg Mordechai Jefferson Carver
Judy Greer Esther
Andy Dick Santa Damien
Mario Van Peebles Mohammed
Peter Coyote J. J. L. Chief Chief Bloomenbergansteinthal
Sean Whalen Tiny Tim
Tony Cox Jamal
Nora Dunn Mrs. Carver
Richard Riehle Santa
Melvin Van Peebles Sweetback
Alex Corrado Tony
Rachel Dratch Tikva
Harrison Chad Shlomo
Mylika Davis Sassy Black
David J. Steinberg Actor

Technical Credits
Jonathan Kesselman Director,Screenwriter
Kurt Brabbee Cinematographer
Michael Cohen Score Composer
David Ellis Art Director
Lisa Fragner Producer
Urs Hirschbiegel Asst. Director
Dean Holland Editor
Josh Kesselman Producer
Shane P. Klein Set Decoration/Design
Valerie McCaffrey Casting
Cabot McMullen Production Designer
Michelle Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Theresa Radka Sound/Sound Designer
Alysia Raycraft Costumes/Costume Designer
Isen Robbins Associate Producer
John Schmidt Executive Producer
Aimee Schoof Associate Producer
Sofia Sondervan Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Hanukkah Past & Present [:11]
2. "Et Tu Blitzen?" [:12]
3. A Nice Jewish Girl [7:12]
4. The Jewish Justice League [6:32]
5. "I'm All About Kwanzaa" [8:31]
6. "Shabbat Shalom Muthafu&*!" [4:23]
7. Pusherman [5:42]
8. ."..The Goy Who Stole Hanukkah" [6:24]
9. "You Want I Should Talk Dirty?" [3:44]
10. The Jewish Atomic Clock [8:31]
11. Santa's Village of the Damned [6:25]
12. "The Most Powerful Weapon..." [9:45]
13. "A Happy Jew Year" [2:51]
14. End Credits [2:13]

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The Hebrew Hammer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this 3 times and always find something, just a little something, that I missed the first go around. Very funny in that 70s meets chicken noodle soup way. Will make a great hanukkah present for your teenage nephew or niece who is an aspiring mel brooks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie makes Mel Brook's 'Blazing Saddles' and other productions seem like serious and refined drama. If you cannot restrain your laughter, you will miss hearing the next line and have to watch it again. It is one of the most irreverent, politically incorrect, well produced and directed film in this genre I have ever seen...definitely not for kids, but then they wouldn't understand the jokes anyway...probably ruin it for you with their persistent questions. If you are Jewish, this film will rank among the best comedies you have ever watched. If you are not Jewish, this film will rank among the second best comedies you have ever watched...so check your lineage before you rate this film
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an ethic comedy... if you are not Jewish then you will probably not get half of the jokes. If you are Jewish, though, then this will be one of the funniest things you have ever seen.
tito More than 1 year ago
One doesn't have to be Jewish to find this film hilarious. As long as you have some knowledge of Jewish cultures you'll get the jokes in the film. It's an awesome movie for people who are Jewish and know of Jewish culture, I highly recommend it!