Former Loveline and The Man Show co-host Adam Carolla brings his self-deprecating, improvisational, regular-dude deadpanas well as his former Golden Gloves statusto this semi-autobiographical comedy with ambitions so low that one might call it charmingly mediocre. Carollas sitcom-grade doppelgänger is Jerry Ferro, a once-promising southpaw with the titular nickname who quit boxing for a life of menial construction jobs and a girlfriend who loathes him. After a ludicrous sparring match against a beefy up-and-comer, the unfit 40-year-old tries for one last shot at Olympic glory, and Carolla tries to sell us on the mustiest of underdog premises. Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld (Kissing Jessica Stein) and written by long-time Carolla producer Kevin Hench, the film is essentially Rocky Balboa in a lighter weight class, with snarky barbs, a wacky Nicaraguan sidekick (Oswaldo Castillo), and a too-good-to-be-true love interest (Heather Juergensen, Henchs wife and she who smooched Jessica Stein). With collaborators like these, its surprising the film doesnt feature lesbians jumping on trampolines, too.
Charles Herman-WurmfeldAdam Carolla, Heather Juergensen, Oswaldo Castillo, Harold House Moore, Jonathan Hernandez, Paul Alayo, Rian Bishop, Derrick Deane, Lorenzo Eduardo, John Enos IIIKevin Hench, Adam CarollaAdam CarollaIFC Films