NETFLIX Review: The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

He’s hip, he’s fly, and he never mixes meat with dairy — he’s the world’s first Jewish private eye, and he’s out to save the world in this satiric comedy. Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg) is a super-cool Jewish detective who takes no mess and is always ready to do the right thing for his Torah-reading brothers. But Carver is a lone wolf, and he isn’t so sure he’s interested in taking an assignment from Chief Bloomenbergansteinthal (Peter Coyote) of the Jewish Justice League — or at least not until he meets the chief’s gorgeous daughter, Esther (Judy Greer). It seems a mysterious stranger named Damien (Andy Dick) has made it his business to persuade Jewish children to abandon their faith in favor of celebrating Christmas, and it’s Carver’s job to put an end to Damien’s campaign while urging kids to be proud of their Semitic heritage. The Hebrew Hammer also features Nora Dunn as Carver’s kvetching mother, and a cameo appearance by Melvin Van Peebles as outlaw blaxploitation icon Sweetback.

A Blaxploitation film, with a Jewish flavour running through its entire body. Yep, this does indeed sound as fun as you think. Imagine Black Dynamite but make it kosher and thats what we have.

The film is nowhere near as brilliant as Black Dynamite but it is still thoroughly enjoyable and amusing. I really like Adam Goldberg and he is great in this. The Hebrew Hammer is a film I recommend . Mazltof!

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