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The Slammin' Salmon

A movie directed by Kevin Heffernan

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Seriously unfunny - like a bad sketch that goes on far too long

  • May 8, 2010
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 usual crude cliches (e.g. a guy wants to have an engagement ring placed on his girlfriend's dessert plate and of course you know it will be eaten and someone will have to "pass it" before the night is through).

I'd seen Super Troopers and it was quite funny, so I thought I'd give this one a try. Unfortunately it's like a bad sketch that goes on way too long. The actors themselves had some comic potential, and managed to stay strong in their characters as written; unfortunately the humor wasn't clever, just crude, and the only laughs it got from me were the occasional uncomfortable chuckle. My wife, who started watching it with me, fell asleep after about ten minutes. If I'd been watching it on cable I wouldn't have stayed watching even that long.

I do know it's difficult to be objective about a film like this; perhaps it's my age showing through in my reaction, and maybe someone who had worked tables in a restaurant might find it spot on in its characterization of situations. Anyhow, I'm sure there are many who would find this hilarious -- in fact one of the reasons I decided to give it a try apart from liking Super Troopers is that I was in Park City when this debuted at the Slamdance Film Festival a couple of years ago, and several of the (college-aged) students who were with me saw this one and loved it. Unfortunately I didn't have the same experience, and had to fight the temptation to turn it off after a few minutes. If this were an entree at their restaurant, I would have sent it back. Might be worth a rental with the right crowd in the right mood, but this is definitely one to "try before you buy."

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review by . May 19, 2010
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.
review by . May 18, 2010
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 …
review by . May 18, 2010
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, …
review by . May 03, 2010
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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. …
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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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Director: Kevin Heffernan
DVD Release Date: April 13, 2010
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
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