A kid in need of adult guidance gets taken under the wings of two guys who stubbornly refuse to mature in this independent comedy. Alan (Jake Sandvig) and Ben (Jason Ritter) are two friends in their mid-twenties who've known each other since high school and still behave as if they're stuck in adolescence. They make a living by pretending to offer valet parking at funerals, stealing the cars and selling them to a fence (Todd Louiso) who runs a garage. While Alan's sister Mel (Rebecca Hall) encourages the two to find a more responsible occupation, they don't do much about it until Lynette (Carrie Preston) moves into the neighborhood. Lynette is a single mother whose livelihood seems no more stable than Alan and Ben's, and when she mysteriously disappears, it falls to them to look after her 12-year-old son Kelsey (Chandler Canterbury). While initially Alan and Ben seem more like destructive playmates than guardians and try to bring Kelsey into their car-theft scheme, in time it occurs to them to start acting a bit more like fit role models for their young companion. A Bag of Hammers was the first feature film from writer and director Brian Crano. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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This movie was not at all what I expected from the synopsis, which made me think it would be some douchey slapstick. (The synopsis is also somewhat inaccurate). Instead, this is a touching, funny, heartbreaking, thought provoking, & ultimately uplifting story ~ I loved it.
This is a sweet film about everyday life, economic hardship, guys trapped in adolescent behavior (way too common in our society), but their amazing sensitivity towards a neighborhood boy in need of some big brothers. It's not an action film, but a story about some very likable people trying to make life work for them. We really liked it.