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I'll admit that I'm a huge Broken Lizard fan, I have seen all of their films and even have an appreciation for the relatively unfunny Club Dread. For me, this is just a fun-loving group of comedians that love to make their audience laugh, or at least try their damnedest. I had the pleasure of attending the Canadian premiere of the "Slammin' Salmon" in Montreal recently and the Broken Lizard troupe was there to meet and greet the fans and answer questions after the movie. They are true class acts and friendly guys. While I won't give away any specific jokes I will say that from a fan's perspective, this is their second funniest film, with Supertroopers of course being the cult favourite. So yes, it is an improvement on Beerfest; the Slammin' Salmon is just straight up funnier. As for regular movie-goers and comedy fans, I highly recommend this film. It was produced with a low budget during the writers' strike, so without a big studio production, it has the fast pacing of a stage show. The focus in this movie is on the JOKES... which is something refreshing to see in a comedy; less emphasis on character development and a complex plot, but more emphasis on keeping the audience consistently laughing. The humour is low brow at times, but is also clever and well-timed, there are many quick one-liners so pay sharp attention to this fast paced comedy, enjoy!
As indicated, this movie won't be for everyone; that said, few movies
are, particularly in the realm of comedy.
In any case, for those of us who enjoy Broken Lizard's other films, this movie is sure to impress. Indeed, it has all their hallmarks: amusing, witty, even absurd dialogue; hilarious ensemble scenes; wonderful character/cameo performances; and an incredibly funny blooper reel during the end credits.
And, as others have indicated, Michael Clark Duncan's performance is classic -- just awesome. And to be sure, the two female leads are both great, as well (and quite easy on the eye, it must be said ;).
At any rate, as the title of this review indicates, I have no doubt that some people will criticize this film; but for me, it's classic Broken Lizard, and I think that's a great thing! Peace.
I love Broken Lizard, and I always end up watching their films multiple times. It will be no different for Slammin' Salmon. The plot is obvious, but it's simply there to set-up some jokes. Heffernan takes a shot at directing and he's talented enough to serve the script. Unlike other Broken Lizard films, the characters have an absolutely equal share of screen-time, there's no obvious protagonist. Cobie Smulders and Michael Clarke Duncan add some extra comedic chops, and it's nice to see some of the supporting regulars around. If you're looking for a strong plot or painful belly laughs, I doubt you'll be satisfied. But, if you like gentler laughs and well strung together sketches. I have a feeling this will be a grower.
Ahhhh, the Broken Lizard guys. From Puddle Cruiser (their debut
feature) through to Super Troopers to Club Dread to Beerfest, they have
always made me chuckle and often laugh out loud. Yeah, I'm a fan so
it's no surprise that I enjoyed The Slammin' Salmon.
The plot is pretty simple: the boss (Michael Clarke Duncan) of The Slammin' Salmon tells the manager that the business needs to earn $20, 000 in one night, despite never having made that before. Ever. If the sum is not reached then the restaurant has to be handed over to some gangsters and the boss will have to take out his anger on the waiter who earned the least money.
Kevin Heffernan directs this time around and the cast features the whole gang as usual (Heffernan himself, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske), this time playing the restaurant staff, each one with their own quirk. They're joined by the lovely April Bowlby and Cobie Smulders (the latter being best known for her role in How I Met Your Mother), who both prove themselves good sports as they join in with the fun. As, it has to be said, does Michael Clarke Duncan. His scary boss character is also laughably dumb and Duncan is hilarious in the role. The fact that he used to be a big name in the boxing world also adds laughs as we watch a man hang on to the name and fame he used to have while running a restaurant that sometimes borders on the tacky.
A lot of the gags are pretty obvious, or flagged up well ahead of time, but that doesn't make them any less funny. Whether it's a cameo appearance by Morgan Fairchild, a hilarious running story strand featuring Sendhil Ramamurthy (from Heroes) or just waiting to see if Nuts (played by Chandrasekhar) will live up to his name, it's constantly very funny and another great outing for the Broken Lizard guys, in my book.
See this if you like: Super Troopers, Waiting, Beerfest.
If you're a fan of Broken Lizard (Super Troopers and Beerfest) then you
will absolutely love this movie. I am one of those fans and must say
that not only do the 5 members of Broken Lizard impress as always, but
the other additions of Cobbie Smulder, April Bowlby and of course
Michael Clark Duncan are fantastic.
The Slammin' Salmon is a restaurant owned by a former boxer (MCD) where the the wait staff leader (Farva - Heffernan) is told that if they don't make 20k, the restaurant will close. He decides to offer a prize for the top server and the competition begins.
This movie works because it clicks on many levels. It has humor that's cheesy, dirty and clever mixed in with one liners. The contrast of Jay's craziness, MCD's anger and Cobbie's innocence meshes so well it would be hard for any person who likes to laugh to hate this movie.
I would recommend this movie to everyone except for those taking their girlfriends to a romcom.
The latest effort by the comic troupe known as Broken Lizard, "The
Slammin' Salmon" is a fitfully amusing comedy set in an upscale seafood
restaurant in Miami owned and operated by a flamboyant ex-boxer known
as - what else? - The Slammin' Salmon (delightfully played by Michael
Clarke Duncan). To pay off a gambling debt, the boss sets up a
competition among his staff of waiters and waitresses to see who can
bring in the most money in a 24-hour period. Chaos and mayhem ensue.
As directed by Kevin Heffernan (who also appears, alongside his fellow Broken Lizard writers and actors, as one of the waiters), "The Slammin' Salmon" is not the most sophisticated or highbrow comedy you'll ever see, but its breezy style and high-energy performances go a long way towards making something uniquely unhinged and genuinely fun out of the material. Despite all the crazy antics, the movie never has to strain too hard to get its laughs, and even when the jokes clatter to the floor - as they are wont to do from time to time - the cast is always there to pick up the pieces and run with them.
A few well-known faces - Will Forte, Vivica A. Fox and Morgan Fairchild - also stop by to add to the laughs.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Following up the excellent comedies 'Super Troopers,' 'Beerfest,' and
'Club Dread,' the comedy troupe of Broken Lizard finally returns after
a few years' hiatus with 'The Slammin' Salmon.' The story focuses on a
restaurant owned by boxing legend Cleon "Slammin'" Salmon (Michael
Clarke Duncan of 'The Green Mile' fame). When he loses an expensive bet
to the Yakuza, he forces his restaurant's manager Rich (Kevin
Heffernan) to make up the losses with a big night at the restaurant. To
do this, the staff (including all the usual Broken Lizard cast) is
bribed with vacations, money, and Norah Jones tickets. As expected,
chaos & hilarity ensue as the crazy crew of waiters and busboys screw
up just about everything possible throughout the night.
Before anyone gets into watching 'The Slammin' Salmon,' they should first visit the other Broken Lizard productions to know what they're getting into. 'The Slammin' Salmon,' while not as funny, creative, or perverse, as the troupe's previous films, does have its fair share of comedy. This comes from what seems to be some unusually standard writing from a group that usually creates very wacky situations in their other movies. Like another similar film 'Waiting ' (with Anna Faris and Ryan Reynolds), 'The Slammin' Salmon' hits most of the typical "restaurant" jokes, but never goes as deeply crazy and hilarious as 'Beerfest' or 'Super Troopers.' This was probably the biggest issue the film had. After waiting three years for another Broken Lizard release, I thought this would be just as perversely ridiculous as their past releases, but they seemed to have tamed themselves a bit. The performances made up for the "typical" writing and dialogue with some spot-on comedic performances. Jay Chandrasekhar as Nutz/Zongo was an absolute riot and took the film to a whole new level of funny. No one, however, matched the hilarity of Michael Clarke Duncan as the Slammin' Salmon himself. His over-the-top madness was absolutely the shining element of this film and alone makes it worth watching.
Overall, the film has quite a few laugh-out-loud moments but is consistently entertaining all the way through, with the final act coming out as the highlight of the film. Fans of the other restaurant comedy 'Waiting ' along with Broken Lizard's previous releases should certainly give it a watch.
Final Verdict: 7/10.
While people are going to INSTANTLY compare this to Super Troopers on
how it doesn't reach that standard (easily the funniest and most
quotable movie of their repertoire) and while it is slow in the
beginning, the movie easily has you laughing with the absurdness. Each
character is flushed out well enough for the movie's purposes, and each
gives you the right laughs at the right moments. Quotable, outlandish,
and insane. A mix of Waiting meets Glengarry Glenross
meets...well...Super Troopers. However, if this STILL hasn't won you
over, there is one sole reason to see this movie:
Michael F***in' Clarke Duncan.
HOLY hell did he have fun with this script. His character of the Champ has the BEST lines of the whole movie, and I almost wonder how much was scripted and how much is just him going off the chain. Best lines of the movie:
(while admiring his sister's triplets) "Look at the little babies! Hey, it's Uncle Cleon. Damn, they all look the same. What did you do, f**k a Xerox machine?"
(to Japanese translator) "How do you say 'motherf***er' in Spanish?"
and my personal favorite "You know what ten grand feels like in your pocket? It feels like a third c*ck."
Seriously, get some beers, grab some friends, and watch this movie. It's good times.
(They're also the crew behind Super Troopers and Club Dread.) Slammin'
Salmon is different from Beerfest in that Beerfest has one of the best
comedy scenes in history - with the Germans mocking the protagonists -
but kinda slumps during the second half. Slammin' Salmon is maybe not
that genius in any one scene, but it's more consistent throughout. It's
just non-stop fun.
It's also better than the similarly-themed Waiting.
Plot is very simple. Michael Clarke Duncan is a former boxing champion who runs a seafood restaurant in Miami. He loses a $20K bet to a Japanese acquaintance, and, having just invested all his spare funds into a plot of land on the Moon, needs the restaurant staff to make that $20K overnight. Or else he loses the restaurant to square that debt. Duncan promises the manager, Rich, to cripple him if Rich doesn't find a way to motivate the staff to achieve this goal. Now it's Rich who has to put all his ingenuity into making the staff - a bunch of quirky nitwits - to enthusiastically sell, sell, sell as much food and drinks as possible.
Cast is great. Jokes are funny. The star is Michael Clarke Duncan. He was OK in The Whole Nine Yards, but here, he really shines.
Recommended, eight out of ten.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I didn't expect much going into this film--mostly because it was direct
to video--but I was pleasantly surprised. Broken Lizard always put on a
good show and this was no different. Michael Clarke Duncan is the
standout of this movie, and his confused malapropisms and general
insanity is the brightest point of the film.
But the script is a bit hazy, to say the least. The script needed a few more rewrites because the plot just isn't there. It's a big jumbled and changes randomly that, while it doesn't really matter at the end of the movie, it just ends up being strange for the sake of setting up the various bits. They are funny bits, but the plot holding them together (is this really a movie about some manager finally taking a stand? Really??) is worthless. A few rewrites could resolve this with no issue, and could have helped immensely. I'm not asking for a taut plot, but I am asking for one that compliments the funny bits a little more.
But the funny bits are classic Broken Lizard. You will not be disappointed at the humor in this film. You need to watch it. Right now.
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