A Bag of Hammers

Wednesday, December 07 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

A Bag of Hammers

JOY REVIEW

A Bag of Hammers stars Jason Ritter and Jake Sandvig as basically two boyhood friends, kind of ne’er-do-wells, which seems to be the subject of an awful lot of stuff at Tribeca this year. They basically pose as valets at funerals and steal cars and sell them. We’re supposed to find this mildly amusing, as opposed to heartless and grotesque. One of the cars they steal is one of their old girlfriends’ cars, on the day of her father’s funeral (are we laughing yet), who is played by Amanda Seyfried. Rebecca Hall plays a waitress who once was involved with one of the guys. They live next door to a little boy, who supposedly has relocated from Katrina, and his mother clearly neglects him. Their waitress friend turns him into Child Protective Services. There is probably a story here somewhere, but the pace is so slow, and nobody seems to be investing much energy, and there is no one here to even semi-like. I suppose, you know, independent doesn’t mean stupid or badly acted, or important subjects that has a veneer of caring about it. This is supposed to be how two slackers find redemption in raising a kid who reminds them of their own abandonment, but the only thing you’re potentially interested in is how they did it, and that isn’t included in the film Two stars.

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