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A Bag of Hammers (2012)

A Bag of Hammers

Overview


Genre

Drama, Comedy

Release Date

May 11, 2012 (Limited)

Duration

87 min.

Studio

MPI Media Group

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Brian Crano

Producer

Jennifer Barrons, Brian Crano, Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Peter Friedlander

Screenwriter

Brian Crano, Jake Sandvig

Starring

Story


"A Bag of Hammers" revolves around the friendship of two charming grifters, Ben and Alan, played by Jason Ritter and Jake Sandvig. Ben and Alan have built a successful though larcenous business, posing as car valets, only to steal the vehicles instead of parking them. Because of their less-than-ideal childhoods and a "job" that allows them to remain likeable boyish rogues well into their 20's, their penchant for crime is almost forgivable. However, everything changes when they meet a twelve-year-old boy named Kelsey. Neglected by his mother, Kelsey is drawn to Ben and Alan and they to him--eventually, Kelsey becomes part mascot, part protege. His presence ultimately forces Alan and Ben to choose between a life of crime and fun (an extended childhood) and the opportunity to grow up and deal with the emotional consequences that come with it.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the real scam was the filmmakers tricking Rebecca Hall (and a cameoing Amanda Seyfried) into participating in this blunt instrument of an indie..”
by Nick Schager [Time Out New York]
“..the deadpan visual style is straight out of the indie playbook..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
“..co-written by Sandvig, Hammers seems unaware of the dubiousness of its flippant-young-felons-gone-good conceit; despite taking a sharp turn into maudlin..”
by Michelle Orange [Village Voice]