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Hebrew Hammer (2002)

Cast: Adam Goldberg, Adam Goldberg, Judy Greer, more...
Director: Jonathan Kesselman, Jonathan Kesselman
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Comedies, Parodies
Running Time: 85 min.
Languages: English
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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. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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hilarious by mickeyd August 10, 2007 - 3:31 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I didn't realize Peter Coyote was in the film until I checked the credits. He is hilarious as the leader of the Jewish Justice League. This is really funnier than I thought it would be. I laughed my ass off. The assassination of Santa Claus was a little disturbing. Maybe because I find Andy Dick disturbing. From the shaft-like theme song to the election of a black elf Santa Claus this is a funny film.

Watch this one after "The Believer" by talltale November 17, 2004 - 4:03 AM PST
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
Dumb Jewish jokes--verbal and visual-- abound in THE HEBREW HAMMER, but you know what? A lot of them are funny. As usual with this kind of scattershot comedy, some of it works and some doesn't, but what does may keep you aloft for the 80-odd minutes. My favorite moment comes toward the conclusion, as the characters ponder the meaning of Chanukah. Peter Coyote, by the way, is flat-out hilarious. Who knew he was such a comedian? Note: For full enjoyment, it'll certainly help to be Jewish (or to have married into or been around that religion/culture for a long while).

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