For April 3rd- The Hebrew Hammer

Here we come to another spoof movie.  Although, this one fits under the other category of spoofs that I described earlier.  The Hebrew Hammer is a spoof that is unaware of its farcical premise, with everyone playing their roles completely straight.  If you can’t tell, this is a mash-up of Shaft and Jewish humor, resulting in a series of sketches that you can laugh at, and not feel racist.

I was also surprised to find a movie that had Comedy Central producing on it that came out relatively well.  They produce good movies from time to time, but lack consistency.  This is strange, because they feel very similar, so you think that they would be able to maintain any success.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

A fun little B-level action movie plot.  An evil Santa Claus threatens to destroy Hanukkah, so a hero steps in to save all that is Jewish.  The jokes are great, and none of the separate sketches ever feels like it’s pulling the spotlight away from the main plot.

Acting: 1/2

Mixed.  Adam Goldberg ends up carrying most of the scenes.  It’s too bad he’s not on-screen the entire movie.  Andy Dick is as dumb as always, but not completely insufferable.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Decent sets, but the shooting style never manages to break out of the made-for-TV movie feeling that Comedy Central movies always have.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Over the top effects throughout, in keeping with the charm of the action movies of yesteryear.

Misc: 1/2

A lot of fun, but still isn’t capable of breaking out of the mold of previous entries by the same production company.

VERDICT: 6.5/10

Worth one watch for the jokes, too bad you can only watch it once.  Recommended for college-aged young people for a fun movie night.

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