In this hilarious send-up of superhero movies,
blaxploitation flicks and film noir, the Hebrew
Hammer (Adam Goldberg) is the world's first
Jewish superhero, decked out in earlocks and
black leather, determined to keep Hanukkah
safe for Hasidic kids everywhere. When
Santa's son Damien (Andy Dick
Old St. Nick with the devious scheme of
wiping out Hanukkah once and for all--with the
particularly nefarious plot of showering Jewish
neighborhoods with highly addictive videos of
“It's a Wonderful Life”--the Hammer's on the
case with the help of Esther (Judy Greer) from
the Jewish Justice League and Mohammed
(Mario Van Peeples, in tongue-in-cheek
casting) from the Kwanzaa Liberation Front.
The latter ally is particularly helpful when the
sun sets on the Sabbath, and the Hammer
and Esther's superpowers succumb to the
day of rest.
It's a concept that works best
when it's spoofing the aforementioned
genres, less so when it plummets into
slapstick, particularly in the scenes at the
Hammer's mother's dinner table. Still, even a
gentile can appreciate the witty wordplay and
visual puns flying off the screen at a mile a
Goldberg, Andy Dick, Judy Greer, Mario Van
Peeples, Peter Coyote and Nora Dunn.
Directed and written by Jonathan Kesselman.
Produced by Josh Kesselman, Sofia
Sondervan and Lisa Fragner. A Strand
release. Comedy. Unrated. Running time: