Mordechai is an Orthodox Jew who also happens to be a “superhero detective”. When Damian, son of Santa, tries to wipe out Hanukkah, Mordechai joins the Jewish Justice League to stop him. With help from sidekick Esther, the two find help from Mohammed, protector of Kwanzaa.
Adam Goldberg (Mordechai), Judy Greer (Esther), Andy Dick (Damian), Mario Van Peebles (Mohammed), Peter Coyote (Chief), Nora Dunn (Mrs. Carver), Sean Whalen (Tiny Tim), Tony Cox (Jamal), Richard Riehle (Santa).
The Hebrew Hammer starts off looking like a B-movie and doesn’t really get much better. That said, if you can handle the sometimes raunchy humor the film is actually quite funny. The plot is largely pointless and intellectually worthless, serving mainly to setup the punch line of the next joke.
Acting was a funny mess all around. Goldberg was amusing at times, dry and lifeless at others. Greer was okay and played against Goldberg pretty well. Dick was silly as always. Supporting work from Van Peebles, Coyote, Whalen and the rest was pretty good.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were actually pretty good considering the genre of film. Effects were light but again, amusing and fit the film well. Dialogue was campy and corny throughout the film. Sound and soundtrack were well done.
Overall The Hebrew Hammer was a somewhat amusing if you can take your religion with a sense of humor and some crotch jokes. If you can’t, avoid this one as it will probably offend you.
With some foul language, sexual references, and mild drug use save this one for older teens and above.
The Hebrew Hammer is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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