After reading mixed reviews I wasn't sure what to expect, but this wacky restaurant farce quickly drew me in and kept my wife and I entertained. If you've seen other Broken Lizard comedies then you'll know what to expect. I think this is one of their better offerings, albeit a bit more "mature" (though I hesitate to use that word). Before hitting play, one must approach this film recognizing it for what it is: a twisted spoof along the lines of the National Lampoon and Monty Python movies. It's a ridiculous 90 minute round of guilty-pleasure-junk-food-viewing. A movie that meanders into the nonsensical; replete with clever gags, one liners and yes, even the dreaded potty humor. But it's all in good fun.
A comedy works for me if there is a steady stream of action and dialogue that make me smile, chuckle or laugh out loud. Slammin' Salmon was a slam dunk for those who gravitate to the silly and bizarre. You can tell the actors enjoyed the well-timed antics and physical comedy that thoroughly exploited the hectic kitchen scenes and the often outrageous exchanges with customers. Michael Clark Duncan, in the role of retired boxer turned restaurant owner Cleon Salmon clearly reveled in his over-the-top persona. There were some clever details inserted into the script and props, ie. a "Round One!" boxing door bell that sounded whenever someone entered "the Champ's" office. The "Nuts/Zongo" character putting his thumbprint on desserts was a hilariously simple interlude. Sure, the gags start to wear a little thin, the pacing could have been less spotty and the climax was a bit predictable. That doesn't detract from its overall charm however, and I had a good time with this movie.
A retired champion boxer (Michael Clarke Duncan) runs a high-end seafood restaurant. In need of some quick cash he demands that the manager somehow make twenty grand in one night (far above their usual evening take). So the staff has to hustle in whatever ways they can, and of course, being a Broken Lizard flick, there are crazy hijinks and plenty of rude misunderstandings and crude jokes. It could have been fun if only the gags and jokes had been more clever and original and had gone beyond the … more
I'm not familiar with the Broken Lizard troupe, but this movie was a great and humorous surprise. Michael Clark Duncan is hilarious as Slammin' Cleon Salmon. While this movie will never be considered one of the great cinematic masterpieces of all time, it is a dang funny movie with a hilarious cast. This is the perfect move to watch with a group of slightly drunk friends on a Friday night. If the movie is lacking anything, it would be a weak link. This is comedy at its best.
This movie is implausible, filled with unpleasant people, and bases its humor on puerile slapstick and vulgar gags. But you know, sometimes you want a movie like that. For those occasions when you want a light movie with jokes about alcohol, drugs, and bodily functions, this is a good choice. It has interesting camera work, plenty of action, and relatively complex characters. The premise is this: a prizefighter turned restaurant owner needs extra cash, … more
I have to admit that I was not expecting to enjoy this movie as much as I did. I am a fan of Super Troopers and Beerfest was okay, but the title "The Slammin' Salmon" left me wondering what this was going to be about. The storyline is simple. A restaurant owner needs to make $20,000 in one night to pay off a debt and the staff has been given an incentive to make this happen. The laughs in this movie are your basic brainless, sexual, gross humor and usually at someones expense. … more
The Broken Lizard gang is back withThe Slammin' Salmon, a rowdy comedy that spends a night in a restaurant of the same name. Boxer Cleon Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan, 1999 Academy Award nominee forThe Green Mile) owns the swanky eatery and needs to raise fast cash to settle a gambling debt. He challenges his hapless crew to a contest to see who can up-sell the most in order to reach his goal of $20,000 before closing time. Director Kevin Heffernan sets a rapid-fire pace loaded with pratfalls, spit takes, food fights, and bathroom humor.The Slammin' Salmonbrings together the usual Broken Lizard (Club Dread,Supertroopers, andBeerfest) regulars: Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Steve Lemme, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Heffernan (as the jittery manager). Cobie Smulders and April Bowlby round out the cast as frenzied waiters who'll do anything to avoid a "broken-rib sandwich" from the intimidating Salmon.Saturday Night Live's Will Forte plays a table-hogging, water-sipping lone diner who leaves a surprise tip. Vivica A. Fox and Morgan Fairchild make awkward cameos. The one-liners and sight gags can wear thin after an hour, but die-hard Broken Lizard film fans know what they're in for when they watch a Heffernan romp, andThe Slammin' Salmonwon't disappoint. --Francine Ruley
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