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You won’t find Broken Lizard on many of the ubiquitous decade wrap-ups that have begun to permeate the blogosphere, but in Super Troopers and Beerfest the troupe made their mark on comedies in the ‘00s. Both films have become cult classics with significant re-watch value, each a fine rendition of the art of big, broad, stupid frat boy humor. In The Slammin’ Salmon, their latest, the boys (Kevin Heffernan, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske) play waiters engaged in a Glengarry Glen Ross like competition over one night at a restaurant owned by “Slammin” Cleon Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan), an ex-boxing champ. It’s out in theaters this weekend in the following markets: Austin, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, Washington D.C. and Seattle. Should it perform well expect a relatively quick expansion. Film School Rejects spoke with Kevin Heffernan, aka Farva, about »
- Robert Levin
By: Eugene Novikov, reprinted from the SXSW Film Festival
Before The Slammin' Salmon, I wouldn't have called myself a fan of the boys from the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, though I have some mild, slightly embarrassed affection for Super Troopers and Club Dread. But Salmon is 90 minutes of truly inspired comic mayhem. With valuable assists from the rest of their cast, Broken Lizard has crafted the funniest film of SXSW - and they had some fine competition. I know I said that you can't trust me, but trust me: this is great stuff.
Broken Lizard is Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske and Kevin Heffernan. Heffernan directed and the entire troupe is credited for the screenplay. But in a shrewd move, The Slammin' Salmon revolves around an outsider: Michael Clarke Duncan, who plays a boxer-turned-restaurant owner named Cleon Salmon, a.k.a. "The Champ." In the best comedy tradition, »
- Cinematical staff
It's hard to believe that Broken Lizard — the comedy troupe responsible for "Super Troopers," "Club Dread" and "Beerfest" — hasn't released a movie since 2006. Luckily, that all changes today with "The Slammin' Salmon," the newest comedy from Broken Lizard regulars Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske.
I haven't seen the film yet, but considering my affinity for Broken Lizard's previous efforts, I'm sure I'll be delighted by this latest film. Broken Lizard tends to deliver movies that require multiple viewings — the jokes get funnier and funnier every time you start the film over.
From the "Super Troopers" opening to the various death scenes in "Club Dread," the highlights of Broken Lizard's career are well documented — but let's not forget some of the more underrated moments from this ragtag group of comedians. Here are some of my favorite less appreciated Broken Lizard scenes.
1. "What about »
- Josh Wigler
Kevin Heffernan is offered some fish in Slammin' Salmon
Photo: Anchor Bay Entertainment If you are familiar with the Broken Lizard boys you don't need to read this review. If you love their work just stop now and see this film. If you don't like their work you can move on as well and forget this film ever existed. I, however, am a middle of the road Broken Lizard fan, but I am definitely against the grain. I don't like Super Troopers whatsoever, Club Dread was an improvement, but that's not saying a lot, but I did enjoy Beerfest. So, it was with little to no expectation that I watched their latest effort, Slammin' Salmon, and while this is no comedic gem I have to admit I had a few laughs and was never entirely turned off.
We aren't talking high concept here and in fact we are looking at »
- Brad Brevet
It's finally time for another Broken Lizard movie. In case you need a refresher: Broken Lizard is a comedy troupe featuring the comedic talents of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Paul Soter, Steve Lemme and Erik Stolhanske. As a group, they are responsible for the cult comedies "Super Troopers," "Club Dread" and "Beerfest."
Their latest, "The Slammin' Salmon" (featured in this week's unLimited), sees the group working in a restaurant owned by a profane retired boxer, played by Michael Clarke Duncan. Hilarity ensues as the champ demands that his staff attract record business in a single night. "Salmon" marks the directorial debut of Kevin Heffernan, who notably played Rod Farva in "Troopers."
In this exclusive clip, we get to see that the champ still knows how to make an entrance...
- Adam Rosenberg
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This baby has been in Limbo for at least a year; I recall writing about it on my previous blog, The Obenson Report. I haven’t thought about it since then, not that I’d really want to anyway. I remember first seeing the trailer about a year ago, and thinking that there’s no way it’ll get a theatrical release, fully expecting a straight-to-dvd deal. Unfortunately, a year or so later, I just learned that it will indeed be released in theatres, this Friday, as a matter of fact – December 11th – in a limited release.
In the film, a brutal former heavyweight boxing champion Cleon “Slammin’” Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan), now owner of a Miami restaurant, creates a competition to see which of his waiters can earn the most money in one night, »
There's only a single brand-new wide release this week, and it's "Invictus." Set in post-apartheid South Africa, the story follows Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) as he joins with the country's national rugby team captain Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) in the hopes of uniting his scattered nation. In addition to featuring a dynamite cast, "Invictus" also happens to be the latest directorial effort from Clint Eastwood.
Also getting a big opening this week is Disney's triumphant return to 2-D animation with "The Princess and the Frog," which was previously only available in limited release. It opens on more than 3,000 screens this weekend, an even higher number than the 2,000+ for "Invictus." It's a (somewhat) contemporary fairy tale about young New Orleans girl who sets out to find a local voodoo priestess after she is magically transformed into a frog.
A trio of fine options await in the limited release world, offering very »
- Adam Rosenberg
I'm a huge fan of Broken Lizard, so much so that I'll even defend the widely panned "Club Dread" until I'm blue in the face. But like most lovers of the comedy troupe, I'm most at home with "Super Troopers," their glorious highway cop movie filled with pranks, schemes, ugly truck drivers, Shenanigans and tons of hilarity.
Given my affinity for that movie, I'm understandably psyched about today's news that a "Super Troopers" sequel is officially in the works. During an interview with Movie Cultists to promote the upcoming film "The Slammin' Salmon," the Broken Lizard gang offered a quick update on the much hoped-for sequel.
"We're like, three drafts into it," added Steve Lemme, who played the overly aggressive Mac in the film. "It's funny, because »
- Josh Wigler
The comedic team of Broken Lizard has made it’s way into the hearts of many moviegoers over the past 8 years since their wide release Super Troopers in 2001. Since then, they have had some hits, such as Beerfest, and some flops, such as Club Dread. After seeing this newest trailer for The Slammin’ Salmon, it may be safe to say that we’re looking at the troupe’s next hit.
The film is about a retired boxer-turned restaurant owner who is indebted to the mob and issues a contest to his staff to see who can make the most money in an evening. Of course, his staff is made up of the Broken Lizard regulars, and hilarity ensues from there.
- Matt Raub
I.m about to lavish Broken Lizard.s latest movie, The Slammin. Salmon, with a ridiculous amount of praise. Before I do that, a positioning statement: I.m not one of those deluded Broken Lizard fans who humps everything they do as if it.s the second coming of Monty Python. Nor am I one of those weak-kneed bloggers who pretends to like Club Dread, just because Broken Lizard is friendly towards the online press. I loved the hell out of the first ten minutes of Super Troopers and have been waiting, ever since, for them to do something else that makes me laugh. Here it is. The Slammin. Salmon isn.t just the funniest thing Broken Lizard has ever done, it.s one of the funniest things I.ve seen all year. It.s consistently hilarious, every moment.s a laugh, and it easily trumps Waiting as the best »
There is plenty of news and whatnots happening in the world of film this evening, so we thought we'd throw together a quick round of News & Notes, so that you can keep it all straight. We start, as we always do, with something mildly interesting. As per my newly fashioned format, the first few words of each item serve as the link to the source. Just give them a click to read more. Steve Carell is working on a new comedy for Warner Bros., entitled Missing Links. He will play a golfer who joins fellow municipal course schlubs to take a shot at the country club down the road. Very original. (THR) The Cup of Tears is a new sci-fi samurai flick that we picked up via our friends over at First Showing. It is more than a little badass, mixing the aesthetic of 300 with the badassery that Ninja Assassin could've only hoped to achieve. (First »
- Neil Miller
Fans of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard won't have to wait much longer to see the group's latest film, The Slammin' Salmon. Variety reports that Anchor Bay has acquired theatrical rights and will open the film on Dec. 11. No word yet on how wide the release will be, but all of Anchor Bay's previous titles (including Spread and While She Was Out) have been fairly limited.
Broken Lizard's first film, Super Troopers, premiered at Sundance in 2001 and earned a cult following when it hit theaters a year later. But the follow-up efforts, Club Dread and Beerfest, failed to recapture the magic. Slammin' Salmon, which premiered at Slamdance this year and subsequently played at South By Southwest, is a return to form. It's about a boxer-turned-restaurateur who bullies his waitstaff into a contest to see who can sell the most food in one night, all to help him repay a »
- Eric D. Snider
While I wasn’t just the hugest fan of Broken Lizard’s latest movie, The Slammin’ Salmon (you can check out my SXSW review right here), I still have to give credit to the comedy troupe for the film. Even their weakest film, which I believe this to be, is still funnier than 90% of the comedies that typically come out. You can probably knocked that down to 75-80% for the last couple of years, but it still gets a passing grade.
Having said that, I am shocked it took this long, but the film has finally been picked up for distribution. According to Variety, Anchor Bay picked up all Us, UK, and Australian rights to the film, and they plan to release the film in the Us in December. Not only that, but Comedy Central has also acquired first-run rights for free TV.
With films like Spread and Beyond A Reasonable Doubt »
Anchor Bay Films is going to get a pass from me for a while because they picked up Broken Lizard’s newest film, “The Slammin’ Salmon” and will distribute it to theaters this December. Every time I saw an update from Bl on Facebook, I would wonder when I would finally get to see the movie which premiered at Slamdance this past January. Now I get to see it before the end of the year and I’m beyond excited. Hit the jump for details.
Some people don’t enjoy the comedy of Broken Lizard but I try not to associate with these people. While I still think their breakout film “Super Troopers” is their best, I also have “Club Dread” and “Beerfest” sitting on my shelf. But “Super Troopers” is one of those rare comedies that only gets better with every viewing. While it’s unfair for me to »
- Matt Goldberg
Horror comedies have been a mixed bag at the box office. You have the good: Ghostbusters and the Scary Movie franchise. You have the bad: Snakes on a Plane and Eight-Legged Freaks. And then you have the ugly: Jennifer's Body and Club Dread. In the case of this weekend, Zombieland seems destined to join the good. The film -- starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as the last four humans stuck on a zombie-invested planet -- has been generating incredible buzz and is sure to win the weekend. How high it goes will depend on how »
- Nicole Sperling
If I may get a little incestuous for a moment… It’s always nice to see filmmakers whom Fango gave an early boost making good, and the recently released Blu-ray and DVD of Grace showcase three directors who were part of our Blood Drive short-film compilation discs. Not only are there Means To An End creators Paul Solet, who wrote and helmed Grace, and Jake Hamilton, who chronicled its trip to the Sundance Film Festival, but also Mainstream’s Adam Barnick, who put together its exemplary behind-the-scenes package.
The multiple featurettes demonstrate that this story of a very unusual birth and the unsettling events that follow was a (no pun intended) labor of love, and it’s also clear from the conviction with which Solet spins his weird tale that it was a passion project for him. First excerpted by Solet as a six-minute short of the same title, the »
- email@example.com (Michael Gingold)
Jay Chandrasekhar, of Broken Lizard, has made a decent name for himself as a cult comedy director. After he had the hilarious Super Troopers under his belt (we'll just ignore Club Dread out of courtesy), he made the jump to a more mainstream comedy in the 2005 bland and uninspired Dukes of Hazzard. Luckily he followed it up with another worthy cult comedy in Beerfest. As of late, Chandrasekhar has spent a lot of time as a gun for hire directing episodes for Universal television series like "Psych" and "Chuck." Variety now reports his return to features directing Shotgun Wedding, comedy he co-wrote with David Gilcreast. The low budget comedy follows the traveling antics of a bachelor when he asks his friends to join him on a weekend trip for his wedding (uh oh, sounds like The Hangover). Aside from the story details, I'm sure we can expect that Chandrasekhar »
- Ethan Anderton
Believe or not there are some people in the world that Haven’T seen Transformers 2. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe - especially with TF2 raking in almost three quarters of a billion dollars worldwide - but it’s true! So what are these people willing watch if not the biggest blockbuster film of the summer? My guess is that they are part of the art house, indie-loving crowd and they were holding off for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new film, (500) Days of Summer.
We haven’t covered this film on Screen Rant yet, but better late than never. (500) Days of Summer looks to be a really good mid-summer date film, much like The Proposal last month, but with more subtle humor and insight, rather than the big laughs Green Lantern Deadpool Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock brought to the screen. Today we’ve got the trailer for (500) Days of Summer, »
- Paul Young
Australian writer Danny Price is back after a long sabbatical with a brand new edition of Schlock Value! In this special return edition? Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus, Psycho Cop, RetarDEAD! Yes, fiends, reading is believing! Check out his latest by clicking the image below!
Previous Editions Of Schlock Value!
- Schlock Value January 2009 Edition! (Komodo Vs. Cobra, Yeti, Shark: Red Of The Ocean aka Devil Fish)
- Schlock Value’S Back! June 2008 Edition! (Raptor, Paranoid, The Crow: Wicked Prayer)
- Schlock Value! March 2008 Edition! (Haunted Boat, Club Dread, Scarecrow)
- Schlock Value! Coming Attractions For 2008! (2/08)
- Schlock Value! February 2008 Edition! (Diary Of A Cannibal, Strawberry Estates, Curse Of Halloween)
- Schlock Value Vs Avp:r! (Alien Vs Predator: Reqium Review)
- Schlock Value! »
If you haven’t seen Super Troopers, Club Dread or Beerfest, you’re probably not familiar with the comedy troupe known as Broken Lizard. Since their college days, Jay Chandrasekhar (Director, Dukes of Hazzard), Kevin Heffernan, Stephen Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske have been making people laugh and sometimes, making a movie or two. I first became familiar with their work when a colleague told me to check out Super Troopers.
I scoffed. It sounded stupid. Then, late one night on cable, Super Troopers was on, so I gave it a chance. I was right. It was stupid. It was also one of the funniest little films I’d seen in a very long time. After drinking the Kool Aid and becoming a member of the Broken Lizard fan club, I scoured the internet to find a copy of their first film, Puddle Cruiser. On some crappy website where »
- Heather Toshiko
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