December 13th, 2009

The Slammin’ Salmon review


First off let me say thanks to everyone who came out to the showing with us.

The Slammin’ Salmon is the fifth feature film from the Broken Lizard comedy group (Beerfest, Club Dread, Super Troopers, and Puddle Cruiser). This is also Kevin Heffernan’s directorial debut. Obviously our review of this movie will be a little biased because we just hung out with these guys a few weeks ago and they were awesome. Aside from that though I have to say that this movie is really funny in a very unique way.

The Slammin’ Salmon is about a former heavy weight boxer, Cleon Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan) who owns a high class restaurant called The Slammin’ Salmon. Being a lousy gambling man, Salmon makes a bet with the Yakuza and loses $20,000 which he needs to pay back in a day. To motivate his staff to sell as much food as possible he offers a deal that the highest selling waiter will receive $10,000 and the lowest selling waiter with get his ass kicked by the champ. What happens next is an every man for himself, cut throat battle to be the top waiter where hilarity ensues.

Some criticism of the flick is definitely needed. The movie starts out kind of slow. It honestly takes about 15-20 minutes for the ball to get rolling. On the other side of the coin though it is on an upward incline for the entire movie. It really just gets funnier and funnier until you’re laughing out loud so hard that you become light headed from lack of breathing. I feel the movie was especially funny to me because I’ve worked in a restaurant for about a total of 10 years and many of the situations in the movie has actually happened to me. Between this movie and Waiting, they’ve pretty much summed up how much it can suck to be a waiter.

This movie is full of great cameos from some hilarious people. Just to name a few we see Carla Gallo, Jim Gaffigan, Olivia Munn, Nat Faxon, Will Forte, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Vivica A Fox, and many many more. On top of that we see the regular genius from the Broken Lizard crew (Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, and Jay Chandrasekhar). I will say though, Michael Clarke Duncan stole the show like George W. Bush steals elections. Every scene with him in it is comedic gold in a way that I never expected from Duncan.

Jay Chandrasekhar usually directs the movies from Broken Lizard, but this time the reigns were passed to Kevin Heffernan. As far as a debut goes he definitely operates like he knows what he’s doing. It felt like a Broken Lizard movie but it wasn’t a carbon copy of the previous films from Jay. He does a great job of creating his own style but still sticking to what works with their crew.

If you’re a fan of previous Broken Lizard movies then you’ll love this. If you’re not a fan or you haven’t seen anything from them, well stop being a bitch and check this flick out. It’s funny as hell and you can do better with your life. It’s definitely an R rated movie but not as hard of an R as their earlier movies. The movie is currently only available in select cities but should hopefully be available nationally soon. When it does jump on it like it’s a Dance Dance Revolution board and have some fun.


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