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The Slammin' Salmon
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Apr 15, 2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Kevin Heffernan

Actors:
Michael Clark Duncan
Kevin Heffernan
Jay Chandrasekhar

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Retired boxing champ Slammin Cleon Salmon has one night to come up with twenty thousand dollars or hell lose his restaurant. In hopes of solving this dilemma, he offers ten large to the server who can sell the most food and a broken-rib sandwich to whoever comes in last.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Ive got a lot of love for the Broken Lizard crew as SUPER TROOPERS is one of my all time favourite unlikely comedies to pop up over the past few years and still makes me laugh almost to tears in some parts. CLUB DREAD had its moments, but in all honesty, other than a boobfest (which Im not complaining about) and a couple one liners it didnt put up big numbers for the boys. I missed BEERFEST and though I keep meaning to watch it, the opportunity never seems to present itself. Now when I originally saw clips on Joblo (saw them but didnt watch them) I had no idea this was Broken Lizard territory, but then when I saw the cover (the blue lips had me worried) I had mixed feelings. The good news is this flick was pretty damn funny and though not their best, it certainly comes in second.

I suppose one of the main reasons I have a soft spot for the story is because it takes place in the restaurant business, where Ive been working the past decade as both a server and manager so Ive seen it all. This flick is Broken Lizards WAITING (another fantastic look at the life of a server) both films deliver in the laugh category but where SALMON trumps WAITING is the tone. Here we get a laid back flick that starts out by not taking itself too seriously, but the heat gets jacked up when the eccentric owner needs to make some serious coin and decides to offer the server with the highest sales ten grand. Hilarity ensues.

Now the BL boys hold their own, but the biggest surprise here (no pun intended) is Michael Clark Duncan as the retired boxing champ turned restaurant owner Slammin Cleon Salmon. I enjoy Duncans work, and though they rattled his funny bone a little in ARMAGEDDON and THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, we really get to see him shine this time around and I thought he was hysterical. There were a couple other cameos worth mentioning, Lance the man Henriksen, a very aged looking Vivica Fox and my personal favourite, Dr. Mohinder Suresh from HEROES. Character-wise though, I was rooting for Nuts.

THE SLAMMIN SALMON went relatively unnoticed and thats a real shame as these boys know how to bring the funny. Broken Lizard have yet to score their big break but their films do have a solid following and thats more than I can say for half the crap hitting theatres these days. Comedy isnt easy but these guys tend to make flicks with replay value which is no small feat. Too many of these types of movies are throwaways that you watch once and forget about. Not so here, and though underdogs they may be, I think Broken Lizard have a few more tricks up their sleeves and should be considered contenders in this genre.
THE EXTRAS
Commentaries: There are two commentaries both featuring Writer/Director Kevin Heffernan with various stars from the film. These truly are the best types of commentaries and end up being just as funny as the movie itself. I wish theyd included Michael Clark Duncan but either way, both are good enough to sit through.

Hellish Kitchens: Art Imitates Restaurant Life: The Broken Lizard crew reminisce about the odd jobs they had before acting, some of which were waiting tables. Speaking from experience, its almost scary how accurate some of these flicks get restaurant life.

Previews: There is a distinctly humorous theatrical trailer for the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Im a big fan of what Broken Lizard bring to the table and making this adventure revolve around the service industry was double the fun. Maybe youve heard of this one, maybe you havent but one thing I do know is that youll laugh often here and hard. If you like the boys or just love comedies in general, you need to check this one out.

Extra Tidbit: The funniest thing I ever saw while working in a restaurant was a cook drop a piece of steak on the floor, skate around the kitchen on it and then put it back on the grill.
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