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Saving Silverman (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 9 February 2001 (USA)
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A pair of buddies conspire to save their best friend from marrying the wrong woman.


Dennis Dugan





Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Zahn ... Wayne
Jack Black ... J.D.
Jason Biggs ... Darren
Amanda Peet ... Judith
Amanda Detmer ... Sandy
R. Lee Ermey ... Coach
Neil Diamond ... Himself
Kyle Gass ... Bar Dude
Norman Armour Norman Armour ... Minister
Colin Foo ... Old Man
Christopher Logan ... Vageet (as Chris Logan)
Esme Lambert Esme Lambert ... Raccoon Woman
Max Fomitchev Max Fomitchev ... Mime
Tony Parsons Tony Parsons ... Newscaster
Brett Armstrong ... Brett


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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USA | Australia


English | Thai

Release Date:

9 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Woman See more »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,411,852, 11 February 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,351,569, 25 March 2001
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (special edition) | (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cast members Jack Black and Amanda Peet have both played characters who live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in Bruce Willis movies in which Willis played a hitman/killer-for-hire. Black appeared in "The Jackal" (1997) and Peet appeared in "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000), as well as its sequel, "The Whole Ten Yards" (2004), although the sequel did not take place in Montreal. See more »


Sandy's yellow shirt and the couch pillow keep changing places when Judith tells Darren she was kidnapped. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

At the end there is a concert with Neil Diamond and all the actors and the end titles. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the theatrical version, during the kickboxing flashback, Judith's old boyfriend is killed by a pretty normal-looking kick to the head. In the R-rated version, there is a longer close-up scene of his neck being snapped clean around from the kick, so his dying from the attack makes considerably more sense. See more »


References Coming to America (1988) See more »


Walking On The Moon
Written and Performed by Daniel May
Courtesy of MasterSource
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User Reviews

Black humor at the best!!
29 July 2005 | by insomniac_rodSee all my reviews

"Saving Silverman" is a comedy that should perfectly work for people that enjoy extreme black humor.

Steve Zahn and Jack Black steal the show in my opinion as their performances are diverse through the movie. Jason Biggs is funny in his very own style, and the perfect, gorgeous, sexy Amanda Peet delivers a credible performance as the possessive and extremely jealous girlfriend. I have to say that she's absolutely, positively hot in the whole movie! What a woman.

R. Lee Ermey delivers a whacked funny performance as Coach Carter. The man rocks.

The situations are fun. The highlights in my opinion: -Silverman gets "electro shocks" from a devise whenever he mentions the name of his ex-fiancée. -Nick Diamond singing in the wedding! stuff for legend. -Coach Carter getting out of the moving van to later being crashed by a car. -The ending. Very weird! including a musical.

Anyways, there's nothing much to say about this movie but it will surely entertain audiences that love dark humor comedies. This isn't like "American Pie" by any means, "Saving Silverman" is a clever and fast paced comedy that will make you laugh hysterically.

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