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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've sworn to save Silverman. 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, R. Lee Ermey, and Stephen Chang (the Thai referee who declared Judith's previous boyfriend dead) all guest starred in season 3 (1995-96) of "The X Files." See more »


When Judith is putting J.T.'s face in the toilet, in one shot he is wearing sheer black pantyhose over his face and in the next three shots he is wearing a fishnet stocking. See more »


Coach Norton: By the way, did you boys take care of that bitch that was gonna marry Silverman?
Wayne: Uh, yeah. Yeah, we snuffed that broad just like ya said.
Coach Norton: Good. How'd ya do it?
Wayne: We, um...
J.D.: Ate her...
Coach Norton: You ate her?
Wayne: Yeah, we ate her.
J.D.: Alive.
Coach Norton: My hat goes off to you. You boys are smart; that's the perfect crime.
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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

R-Rated DVD/VHS release includes about 4 minutes of added footage, consisting mainly of two scenes, one in a Subway restaurant where JD is showing his trainees to his boss, and another in a laundromat where Darren and Sandy are drying their clothes after falling in the water. Also, 3 uses of the word "fuck" are added, among other dialogue, and the scene with the hookers playing ping-pong has them topless, rather than wearing the bras they had in the theatrical release. See more »


Referenced in Gulliver's Travels (2010) See more »


Country Grammar
Written by Jason Epperson and Nelly (as Cornell Haynes)
Performed by Nelly
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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