>> The Slammin' Salmon (2009)

Title: The Slammin' Salmon

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Jeff Chase, Carla Gallo, Jay Chandrasekhar, Cobie Smulders, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Soter

Director: Kevin Heffeman

Studio: Broken Lizard Industries

Runtime: 90 min

In Theatres: December 11, 2009

MPAA Rating: R

Rating: 2.90 (out of 4.00)

Grade: B-

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Broken Lizard Industries (perhaps best known for their hit Super Troopers) brings to you "The Slammin' Salmon," a fun romp behind the scenes of an upscale Miami restaurant. Like most Broken Lizard films, this movie is directed by Kevin Heffeman and written by Jay Chandrasekhar (who plays the character Nuts) and Heffeman, so it's in good hands... you know, if you're into this type of movie. The premise is pretty simple: Cleon "Slammin" Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan), a former heavyweight boxing champ, is the owner of a restaurant who, after losing a big wager to the Japanese mafia, begins offering grandiose prizes to the waiter who can bring in the most money in one night.
Of course, the movie that comes to my mind when I learned the premise of this movie is "Waiting..." that movie with Ryan Reynolds that takes place behind the scenes of a restaurant. Well, you can expect about the same level of stupidity and offensiveness in this movie, though I will admit that "The Slammin' Salmon" does end up differentiating itself well enough from its spiritual forefather. As a huge fan of "How I Met Your Mother," I was looking forward to seeing Cobie Smulders (Tara) in a different role. She did a good job, but I suppose I wish her character had a little more substance to it.
There are a couple cameos in this movie, including Will Forte and Sendhil Ramamurthy (best known, perhaps, as Mohinder Suresh from Heroes) and they bring some fun plot elements to the table. I definitely wouldn't come see this movie for the plot, as the plot is rather simple and decently predictable. The jokes are generally funny, if not kind of low brow, though some are particularly cringe-worthy.
The movie brings out all kinds of jokes in this movie, including some rather off-color and even pretty racist ones, so if you're likely to get offended, you might want to steer clear of this one. There is definitely some genuinely funny material though, so if you're looking for a movie you can have some stupid laughs at, then watch and forget, check it out. On the other hand, if there's some other movie you're thinking of seeing, it'd probably be ok to wait until this one comes out on DVD. 


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