May 28th: Knockabout Comedy

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118. The Hammer (Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, 2007)

Comedian Adam Carolla is Jerry Ferro, carpenter and part time boxing coach. Waking up on his 40th birthday he starts to contemplate how he has failed to achieve much in his life. He exacerbates things by getting sacked and losing his girlfriend. Then he gets a second chance – he is picked to tryout for the US Olympic boxing team where he unleashes his wickedly powerful left hand. Carolla has a brilliant lazy wit, delivering sharp put-downs and one-liners with timing and ease. The story is a fairly typical coming-of-age/realise your dreams affair but Carolla’s presence makes it all work, and it works pretty well.