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The Slammin' Salmon [Blu-ray] (2009)

Michael Clarke Duncan , Jay Chandrasekhar , Kevin Heffernan  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Clarke Duncan, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Jeff Chase, Carla Gallo
  • Directors: Kevin Heffernan
  • Writers: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Steve Lemme
  • Producers: Christina Zacamy, John Zacamy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00363WG5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Slammin' Salmon [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Kevin Heffernan and Writer/Actor Steve Lemme
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Actors Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske
  • Hellish Kitchens: Art Imitates Restaurant Life Theatrical Trailer

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Product Description

Slammin’ Cleon Salmon, the former Heavyweight Champion of the world, is a mean, crazy, and sometimes infantile bull of a man, who happens to owe $20,000 to the head of the Japanese Yakuza and needs to come up with the money tonight. So he challenges the waiters in the restaurant that he owns, The Slammin’ Salmon, a high end, boxing themed seafood eatery in Miami, to sell more food than they’ve ever sold in their lives, with the top waiter earning $10,000, the loser getting a broken rib sandwich. As the hours pass, the action becomes more chaotic as Cleon shows up to supervise the contest and changes the rules on a minute to minute basis.

The Broken Lizard gang is back with The Slammin' Salmon, a rowdy comedy that spends a night in a restaurant of the same name. Boxer Cleon Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan, 1999 Academy Award nominee for The Green Mile) owns the swanky eatery and needs to raise fast cash to settle a gambling debt. He challenges his hapless crew to a contest to see who can up-sell the most in order to reach his goal of $20,000 before closing time. Director Kevin Heffernan sets a rapid-fire pace loaded with pratfalls, spit takes, food fights, and bathroom humor. The Slammin' Salmon brings together the usual Broken Lizard (Club Dread, Supertroopers, and Beerfest) regulars: Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Steve Lemme, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Heffernan (as the jittery manager). Cobie Smulders and April Bowlby round out the cast as frenzied waiters who'll do anything to avoid a "broken-rib sandwich" from the intimidating Salmon. Saturday Night Live's Will Forte plays a table-hogging, water-sipping lone diner who leaves a surprise tip. Vivica A. Fox and Morgan Fairchild make awkward cameos. The one-liners and sight gags can wear thin after an hour, but die-hard Broken Lizard film fans know what they're in for when they watch a Heffernan romp, and The Slammin' Salmon won't disappoint. --Francine Ruley

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Movie April 15, 2010
First off: Don't buy it on Blu-Ray. There is no reason to, and you can save a few bucks if you just buy it on regular DVD. The movie itself is very entertaining. It has a breezy tone that is great. The characters are all funny, especially Nuts. Broken Lizard movies hinge on the chemistry of the actors, and where they faltered with "Club Dread", they succeeded with "The Slammin' Salmon". All the actors work well together, with major props going to Michael Clarke Duncan. He was much funnier than I was expecting, and had some of the best lines. I highly recommend this movie if you are looking for an entertaining, light-hearted comedy.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Funny May 19, 2010
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I'm not familiar with the Broken Lizard troupe, but this movie was a great and humorous surprise. Michael Clark Duncan is hilarious as Slammin' Cleon Salmon. While this movie will never be considered one of the great cinematic masterpieces of all time, it is a dang funny movie with a hilarious cast. This is the perfect move to watch with a group of slightly drunk friends on a Friday night. If the movie is lacking anything, it would be a weak link. This is comedy at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slammin' Salmon ROCKS April 8, 2013
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If you love the Broken Lizard gang (Super Troopers, Beerfest) and you have been in the service industry, you will LOVE this movie. Bring "Waiting" into the Broken Lizard gang, and you have one hell of a funny movie. Don't even think about it...Just buy it!
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Most people in the English speaking world have, at some point, worked somewhere in the dreadful world that is the service sector whether in fast food, retail, or restaurants. Companies like McDonalds, Wal-Mart, Burger King, Pizza Hutt, etc. have become places where a lot of people (myself included), got our start whether it was to pay the bills, get enough money for college, support another, or were just bored and wanted to work (HA!). For anyone who has worked in such an environment they know that it is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, absolute hell.

There are many films that depict said hell such as Clerks I and II, Waiting I and II, and Employee of the Month (albeit poorly). The Slammin' Salmon ranks almost among the aforementioned films with it's over-exaggerated antics and jokes, but still provides a decent film experience as long as you only rented the DVD or borrowed it from another.

Slammin' Salmon was produced by the Broken Lizard Comedy Troupe, known for their belly-busting comedies such as Super Troopers and... er... Super Troopers. When I first glanced at the cover, I immediately recognized the entire cast as the lovable idiots from Super Troopers and quickly took it home to watch it. After watching The Slammin' Salmon, I realized that The Broken Lizard Comedy Troupe still hasn't quite figured out how to make a film as good as Super Troopers.

The film's premise is a simple one that has been used a lot; business is on the verge of going under due to the financial mismanagement of the owner and he relies on a big night to save his backside. Jokes, antics, and banter all along the way. Roll credits.
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Celebrity Boxer Slammin' Cleon Salmon (Michael Clark Duncan who gave an excellent performance as the mysterious John Coffey in Stephen King's "The Green Mile") is an egotistical, intellectually challenged bully who owns the Slammin' Salmon, an upscale Miami restaurant. Cleon is unable to correctly pronounce last names and uses a plethora of words that don't exist. (He's been punched in the head too many times) He also has a foul mouth that is irritating. His entire staff lives in fear of his uncontrollable temper.

Cleon becomes indebted to Japanese businessmen. He must raise $20,000 overnight or lose his restaurant. The manager offers two tickets to a Nora Jones concert to the waiter or waitress who makes the most tips. That doesn't provide enough impetus. Soon the prize is a luxury vacation in a tropical paradise. However, when Cleon ups the ante to $10,000, there is mayhem among the wait staff. They backstab and betray one another as they resort to every amoral, underhanded trick to become the #1 waiter or waitress. The consequences are often hilarious, and sometimes they are heart warming.

I must be honest and admit I've never seen any of the other films (such as "Super Troopers" and "Beerfest") directed by Kevin Heffernan and starring the Broken Lizard Comedy Troupe. After watching "The Slammin' Salmon," I will definitely have to buy or rent them. "The Slammin' Salmon" is not a parody like the super successful "Scary Movie" series or a hormonally driven teen comedy like the outrageous "American Pie" series. The humor, though raunchy at times, is more adult oriented. This is definitely not a comedy for the entire family to watch.
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From the short description, I had expected that The Slammin' Salmon was going to be more like a movie that I've warmed up to over multiple viewings (Waiting... (Unrated and Raw) [Blu-ray]) though what I got instead wasn't too bad.

I've already given you the idea of what I was expecting with the film, but just to further confirm what I had hoped for, my daughter asked if I had the American Pie films on DVD/Blu-ray (I have them on DVD, not Blu-ray as they've not been released on Blu-ray yet) because she was looking for something silly to watch and laugh at for an evening movie. While I told her I had those films, I mentioned that I also had the copy of The Slammin' Salmon that I wanted to watch and hoped that it would be reasonably humorous.

Reasonably humorous is about all that it delivered, but given how truly bad some films I have seen have been, I put that at an acceptable mark. There are some funny moments in the film, mostly based around Michael Clarke Duncan's foul-mouthed rants (those had my daughter snickering), and a few physical gags in the film as well, but I don't see this one coming close to a comedy classic. It's more likely to become a film that most people will never see, at least until it shows up in heavy rotation on say Comedy Central.

Fairly predictable, made all the more so thanks to clips shown in the background of the disc's menu (stupid move studio!!, never give away the better parts of your film with a loop of clips in the background of the disc menu. A static image would have been far better, perhaps the one that is shown on the box artwork).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice!
Too much fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Soooo funny!
Published 16 days ago by Jessie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!!!
One of the best restaurant comedies ever made. I can watch this one over and over again. It gets funnier each time I see it
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Published 1 month ago by Jerome M DellaPietra
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it I guarantee you'll love it! :)
Broken Lizard has done it again and made a movie that rocks your socks! If you life Beerfest and Super Troopers then you gotta check this one out! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lauren Ewing
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as advertised
Published 1 month ago by andy karlic
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely terrible. Assuming Super Troopers is 5 stars
Absolutely terrible. Assuming Super Troopers is 5 stars, Club Dread 3, this doesn't event rate. One start is generous. Don't waste your time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T Burke Swindlehurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick
If you love there other movies you will def love this one
Published 1 month ago by Bartholomew
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie overall...
If you like the comedy crew's (Broken Lizard) other works like Super Troopers & Beerfest (Let's all forget Club Dread) you'll probably enjoy this as well. Read more
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