Michael Clark Duncan
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 Iíve been working the past decade as both a server and manager so Iíve seen it all. This flick is Broken Lizardís 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 Slamminí Cleon Salmon. I enjoy Duncanís 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 ďthe manĒ 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 SLAMMINí SALMON went relatively unnoticed and thatís a real shame as these boys know how to bring the funny. Broken Lizard have yet to score their ďbig breakĒ but their films do have a solid following and thatís more than I can say for half the crap hitting theatres these days. Comedy isnít 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.
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, itís almost scary how accurate some of these flicks get restaurant life.
Previews: There is a distinctly humorous theatrical trailer for the film.
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.