“You speak in Michael Bolton lyrics.” -A Bag of Hammers

Why are you staring at me?  Photo courtesy of schedule.sxsw.com.

Why are you staring at me? Photo courtesy of schedule.sxsw.com.

Like the warmth of a fire fueled by Hugh Grant’s About a Boy and being poked to life by hipsters.

Lately, I have seen great movies that are actually the director’s first feature film.  How does one accomplish perfection on the first try?  Sure practice and education always helps, but your first at bat in the majors should be a lesson.  In the end, you have to be fortunate to have a great team.  Each member must rise to the occasion.  Brian Crano (director and co-writer) had a great team making A Bag of Hammers.

Ben (Jason Ritter) and Alan (Jake Sandvig) are witty blood brothers (no relation).  You could live your entire life and never see a bromance this strong.  They live a stress free life funded by tag team cons.    Their life takes a unexpected turn when resilient kid Kelsey (Chandler Canterbury) and his frustrated mother Lynette (Carrie Preston) move into their front yard rental.

Close your eyes and imagine just finishing a crappy day.  You lag home eager to _____.  Having trouble filling in the blank, how about cracking open a beer and smoking a cig on the front steps…eating a slice of warm apple pie…or smothering yourself with family.  Now, hold that feeling of spreading relaxation.  This movies repeatedly recreates that feeling.

NOTE:  Every movie should row deleted scenes during the credits.  This added a sweet touch.

Title:  A Bag of Hammers

Genre:  Comedy Drama

Rating:  NR (but I would say PG-13)

Length: 85 mins

Release Date:  2011

Viewed: Netflix Streaming

 

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