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Sunday, 31 January 2010

Review: The Slammin' Salmon (15) ★★
The owner of a Miami restaurant indebted to the mob institutes a contest to see what waiter can earn the most money in one night.


I'm a huge fan of the Broken Lizard boys which is why it pains me to write this review. Super Troopers is a classic, Club Dread was enjoyable, Beerfest was fantastic and then they follow up with this.

Set in The Slammin Salmon restaurant, established by ex-boxer Cleon 'Slammin' Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan), we see the boys as waiters competing to earn $10,000 in a contest to make the most money in one night. Its a simple idea which shouldn't have been hard to execute but fails on almost all counts.

Its starts badly as we are introduced to the characters. Arrogant, misogynistic, fake tanned Guy (Erik Stolhanske), failed actor Connor (Steve Lemme), spineless restaurant manager Rich (Kevin Heffernan), angry chef Dave/Donnie (Paul Soter) and Nuts/Zongo (Jay Chandrasekhar), all with no character depth and completely unlikeable. And so the story unfolds as each waiter, including additional waitresses Stacy and Mia, battle to sell all the expensive meals on the menu.

The problem with the movie rests solely upon its unoriginality. Every laugh, and I do mean EVERY laugh, is seen coming a mile off and has been done many times before. They don't help themselves by making it quite obvious to what is coming, I mean a guy called 'Nuts' who's on medication, hmmm wonder what will happen with him. I guarantee that you'll watch this and see every single joke coming, its simple play by numbers comedy which doesn't need any thought. Sloppy and lazy spring to mind. The script also tries to rely on heaving swearing to garner laughs but in places that just seem unnecessary. Think of stand up comics struggling for laughs, stick in a 'Mother-fucker' or a 'cunt' and people can't help but snigger, its the same here but just comes across as vulgar and seves no point. The idea of a comedy is to get laughs from its audience, this fails with the only saving grace Michael Clarke Duncan who does raise the odd laugh with his angry rants.

I wouldn't encourage you to see this movie as its just doesn't hit the mark, but I can encourage you to check out their back-catalogue. Think I'm going to have to dig out Super Troopers miaow.


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