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Saving Silverman (2001)

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A pair of buddies conspire to save their best friend from marrying the wrong woman.

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Two dim-witted former high school buddys and Neil Diamond fanactics, Wayne and J.D., plot to keep their friend Darren from marrying the wrong woman, a domineering and spiteful psychologist named Judith by kidnapping her and trying to set Darren up with his old high school girlfriend Sandy who plans to become a nun. Written by Matthew Patay

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They swore nothing could come between them. Then she came along. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language, and thematic material | See all certifications »

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9 February 2001 (USA)  »

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Evil Woman  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$872,059 (Germany) (2 November 2001)

Gross:

$872,059 (Germany) (2 November 2001)
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In the theatrical trailer a pair of blue briefs were digitally painted onto Steve Zahn in one scene because the MPAA said the scene was too revealing for general audiences. See more »

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When Sandy and Wayne are outside the adult store, the signs change behind Sandy between shots. See more »

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Coach Norton: What is it that I always said?
J.D.Wayne: If you can dream it, you can do it.
Coach Norton: Exactly! You have the dream. All you need to do is turn it into reality.
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Referenced in Gulliver's Travels (2010) See more »

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I Believe In Happy Endings
Written and Performed by Neil Diamond
Produced by Peter Asher
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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If You're Feeling Down and Depressed, try a Dose of "Saving Silverman".
6 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Saving Silverman" is about as far away from, say, "Citizen Kane" for film greatness as any film could. But it's not a clunker either. For what it is, it's a very enjoyable, occasionally hilarious movie pretty much guaranteed to give anyone a good time.

Movie history (especially in the 1930s) is littered with small comedy films that were never meant to be critical, award winning films but made for audiences that wanted to laugh like "We're Not Dressing" and any number of WC Fields' films (Fields' "Million Dollar Legs" seems very similar in tone to "Saving Silverman"). Unpretentious, funny and entertaining films and "Saving Silverman" falls squarely into that category. It's dopey but harmless and frequently charming. All of the actors are in-synch and none of them hold back especially Amanda Peet as the woman from hell. She's beautiful and you can completely understand why Darren would fall for her the way he does. Peet's willingness to give it her all (especially at the end) is key to the movie working as well as it does. Any vanity on her part would've sunk the already flimsy premise but she goes into it wholeheartedly. Peet's not given enough credit here.

Yes, Black and Zahn are great. That pretty much goes without saying. Biggs is well cast but he's essentially playing a male victim. The role is largely just his puzzled reactions. Last but not least is Amanda Detmer as Sandy in a role straight out of 1930s comedy: the good, down to earth girl who ever so slightly off her rocker (but in a good appealing way). R. Lee Ermey rounds out the cast in a silly but memorable role. Who would've thunk that the uber-intimidating drill sergeant from "Full Metal Jacket" would turn out to be one of the most reliable character actors around?

"Saving Silverman" is a simple, funny little film. Not great but it was not made to be.


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