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  • Summary: A Bag of Hammers revolves around the friendship of two charming grifters, Ben and Alan. Ben and Alan have built a successful though larcenous business, posing as car valets, only to steal the vehicles instead of parking them. Because of their less-than-ideal childhoods and a "job" thatA Bag of Hammers revolves around the friendship of two charming grifters, Ben and Alan. Ben and Alan have built a successful though larcenous business, posing as car valets, only to steal the vehicles instead of parking them. Because of their less-than-ideal childhoods and a "job" that allows them to remain likeable boyish rogues well into their 20's, their penchant for crime is almost forgivable. However, everything changes when they meet a twelve-year-old boy named Kelsey. Neglected by his mother, Kelsey is drawn to Ben and Alan and they to him--eventually, Kelsey becomes part mascot, part protege. His presence ultimately forces Alan and Ben to choose between a life of crime and fun (an extended childhood) and the opportunity to grow up and deal with the emotional consequences that come with it. (MPI Media Group) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    May 8, 2012
    70
    First-time feature helmer Brian Crano maneuvers some tricky tonal shifts with impressive ease in A Bag of Hammers, a droll, quirky comedy with a pleasant amount of heart.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    May 9, 2012
    67
    The film has an earnest quality that asserts itself more and more as it sputters along, and the men reveal more personal reasons to insert themselves into the boy's life. It's a good lesson for other films of its ilk: Leaving the world of indie disaffection is an important first step on the road to greatness.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 10, 2012
    65
    It's a film that should be appallingly twee, but more often than not is actually scruffy and sweet, thanks to a nicely underplayed turn by Chandler Canterbury as the kid, Kelsey, and the chemistry between Jason Ritter and Jake Sandvig as hipster grifters Ben and Alan.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    May 8, 2012
    50
    A dicey blend that generates viewer goodwill but can't make its conflicting vibes gel, A Bag of Hammers will play best with the most soft-hearted viewers provided they don't mind rooting for unrepentant felons.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 11, 2012
    50
    Rebecca Hall is wasted as Sandvig's sister and the film's voice of reason.
  6. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    May 10, 2012
    50
    Any film tossing comic interludes among its closing credits has to be convinced of their hilarity and of the good will the movie has earned with viewers by then. Perhaps the film's naked traffic in sentiment up to that point made Mr. Crano so bold. Whatever; his confidence was unwarranted.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 8, 2012
    20
    The real scam was the filmmakers tricking Rebecca Hall (and a cameoing Amanda Seyfried) into participating in this blunt instrument of an indie.

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  1. Feb 7, 2013
    5
    For a directorial debut this was overall a pretty good movie. The shifts in tone are smooth yet somehow still misplaced, as the film begins asFor a directorial debut this was overall a pretty good movie. The shifts in tone are smooth yet somehow still misplaced, as the film begins as a comedy and gradually loses its focus as it swerves between tragic and heartfelt territories. However, if you can overlook the amateur directing and the amateur actors, it really is worth a watch if you're not interested in thinking very hard. Expand

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