Reba McEntire’s The Hammer (2023 Lifetime)

Reba McEntire’s The Hammer (2023 Lifetime)

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Planes, Trains, and Christmas Trees Lifetime Movie, Hippies, and Laura Marling? Lifetime Uncorked

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Kim Wheeler (Reba McEntire) is an outspoken, firecracker lawyer who is appointed Judge of the 5th District of Nevada and is one of the few traveling judges left in America. After the reigning judge passes away under suspicious circumstances, Kim finds herself covering a circuit that stretches between Las Vegas and Reno — a rugged, often desolate area where anything and everything can happen. With gavel in hand, she lays down the law with a no-nonsense brand of justice, that quickly earns her the nickname “The Hammer.” As the investigation of the former judge’s death heats up, Kim’s sister Kris (Melissa Peterman), who runs the local brothel, suddenly becomes the prime suspect, and Kim must work even harder to make certain the appropriate justice is served.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

*** Dead Animal Alert! I just wanted to let viewers know that a dead cat is shown in this movie; I know that is upsetting for some viewers. 

 Kris (Not Reba!) runs a trailer park brothel. She finds the naked dead body of Judge Brewer. An injection killed him under his toenail with oxycontin. 

Cut to a bumbling deputy chasing a car down the street. Reba is driving and stops the car. The deputy pulls out his gun on her, and she is like, “WTF, It’s Me! Reba, Reba!” She is the new Judge in town and doesn’t take any nonsense. 

No one in town is impressed with Reba or hardly even seems to notice her. I guess it is because she is a woman. Even her assistant quits. Reba prays for strength from the lord to not strangle anyone or pee her pants while on the bench. 

On the stand, the criminals do not respect Reba! (She is not Judge Judy) One prisoner jumps over the railing and charges at the Judge’s booth. Reba knocks him down with her gavel when the Vegan Bailiff, Vicky, can’t react in time. 

Vicky is worried that Reba might be homeless when she insists on sleeping in her truck. Reba agrees to check in to a hotel for safety because they will be working a high-profile murder trial. The bartender, Vance, gets Reba a diet soda and engages in some small talk. The owner of the hotel/casino/bar is, Bart Crawford interrupts. He is a hotshot in town, and his son is involved in the murder case.

Judge Brewer, who Reba has replaced, was murdered. Vicky rushes out to tell Reba, who is sleeping in her truck. Reba’s response?


The next day in court, we have a media circus or as much of one as we can have in this small town. The lawyers talk, lawyer talk. Bart Crawford wants his son’s case thrown out, but that is not going to happen with Reba!

Reba visits her father with dementia and sister, Kris (AKA Barbra Jean!), the trailer park lady. Kris invites Reba to stay with them, but Reba declines, and they agree to leave the past in the past. (Their father was abusive growing up.) They drink a lot of booze together, and Reba finds her mama’s gun. 

An unknown call comes in, and Reba answers it. The caller threatens her and her family. She questions Bart, and he asks her not to view his son as an entitled teenager. He also assures her that he did not murder the previous Judge and has an alibi. 

Reba learns that some people who are working for the justice department are not adequately doing and most of the deputies are corrupt. Kris is under arrest for the murder of Judge Jacob Brewer. 

Vicky and Reba start following the thread of a sexual predator. They interview women in strip clubs and in jail. I’m not sure who they are implicating. (The drug tester?) The procedural part of this movie is pure nonsense; we are all here for Reba’s quippy lines. 

While Kris is in jail, Reba also takes care of her demanding and abusive father. She can’t handle it and hires a live-in nurse to help care for her father. That nurse doesn’t help the family cat, who is killed and sent to Reba’s office in a box with a note! 

Reba talks to Judge Brewer’s wife, and she shows Reba a love letter she found. The love letter belongs to Judge Brewer’s secretary. It clears Kris’s name because she didn’t write the letter.  

Reba (in legal jargon) sentences the Crawford kid to some anger management, and his mother is pissed! She confronts Reba at the hotel bar and says she will make her pay. Bart Crawford, on the other hand, understands that Reba has to do what she has to do and invites her to dinner at his house. When Bart goes to get more bourbon, Reba finds snake skin boots in his dresser. They are the boots she saw at the beginning of the movie outside of her truck! This implicates him as a bad guy. 

Reba asks to look at the hotel footage, and the bartender, Vance, offers to take her to a barn out in the middle of nowhere. 

Vance is behind the murder of the Judge because he was having an affair with the kid’s mom. If Vance got a new judge, they might be more lenient. 

Reba does some fast talking in the truck with Vance once she realizes that he is behind the murder Judge. He pulls a gun on her, so she runs into a barn.

There is some gun-slinging as the deputy shows up. Reba says things like, “This ain’t my first Rodeo.) 

The bad guys are put away, and the good guys are released. Then everyone parties at the local bar, and that bat has karaoke! Reba sings Girl’s Night Out… with the girls! (You can’t have a movie with Reba and not have her sing a little!) 

Side Note

Minority Report: Vicky, Goodlander, Melba, 

This movie was filmed on the “When Calls the Heart” Set. 

This is the second film in a two-picture deal Reba had with Lifetime. 


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