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Movie: "Saving Silverman"
Year: 2001
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Writing credits: Hank Nelken, Greg DePaul

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 2/24/2009

Plot: Two guys go to extremes to prevent their best friend from marrying the wrong girl.

Review: This is one of those movies that's simply full of juvenile, physical humor. Movies like that can be very hit or miss, but I gotta say... Saving Silverman definitely won me over. For one thing, it has a great cast. Steve Zahn and Jack Black are the perfect bumbling duo who will literally do anything to stop their best friend (Jason Biggs) from marrying a woman who wants to change everything about him. Amanda Peet and Amanda Detmer play the two love interests of the leading man, and both of them are equally amusing. Peet as the domineering control freak who wants to turn Biggs into her submissive little puppet, and Detmer as the would-be nun (who can bench-press who is obviously the one he should be with.

So once Zahn and Black realize just how manipulative and evil Peet is (she makes Biggs get ass implants), they start doing everything in their power to get her to back out of the relationship. When their bartering fails, they decide to take things up a notch... by kidnapping her and faking her death. With Peet out of the picture, they figure they can help their friend move on and start a new relationship with Detmer, who was about to become a nun but is having second thoughts about it. Naturally, these two guys are complete idiots, so their plans to keep the kidnapping under wraps go comically awry.

I don't want to spoil anything about the movie, but I will provide you with two more great incentives to see it: R. Lee Ermey and Neil Diamond are both in it. Neil actually provides much of the soundtrack and is the subject of obsession amongst the three buddies in the film. Ermey, on the other hand, has a lot of rage issues (of course) which makes him fun to watch every second he's on the screen.

It's far from a thinking man's movie, but Saving Silverman is chock full o' solid laughs, great characters and a Neil Diamond soundtrack. Give it a chance.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Retardedly Handsome
Feb 24th, 2009, 11:07 AM
K.G. also has a great little part in it.
Oozes machismo
Feb 24th, 2009, 11:10 AM
I think my mom liked this movie.
Esq.
Feb 24th, 2009, 05:06 PM
This movie always got a bad rap for some reason, I found it very enjoyable. I wish I owned it. It makes me want to listen to Cherry cherry.
Forum Virgin
Feb 24th, 2009, 07:09 PM
I saw this on TV one night. However, in Australia they advertised it as "Evil Woman".
Forgets Passwords Easily
Feb 25th, 2009, 12:05 AM
"Which of course, has led to a serious increase in Wanking Off time."

"I'm chafing."
The Power of Grayskull
Feb 25th, 2009, 07:26 PM
I'm not normally a fan of dumbass, shlock "comedies" that pollute Hollywood, but Saving Silverman was a great, fun movie that was what a comedy is supposed to be: funny. Jason Biggs is unremarkable, but Jack Black and Steve Zahn are brilliant throughout and even Amanda Peet does a great job being the crazy bitch. She even comes off as pretty sexy when seducing the boys with a burger, leading one to believe why Biggs' character would want to be with her so badly.

I really like this movie and I hate Hollywood comedies. See it!
Pickled Patriarch
Feb 25th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Yeah Biggs is never a particularly interesting guy on the screen, but he pulls off the somewhat ignorant straight character in the movie fairly well. But yeah, Zahn, Black, Peet and of course Ermey are all hilarious in the flick.
pickled
Feb 26th, 2009, 02:20 AM
I would recommend this film. It's pretty rad.
Forum Virgin
Feb 26th, 2009, 06:11 PM
There are people who like this shit biscuit?
SKATASTIC
Feb 26th, 2009, 09:17 PM
I really didn't want to like this movie when I saw it advertised but was surprised at how good it is. This movie introduced Steve Zahn to me and I've been a fan ever since.
Member
Mar 1st, 2009, 05:26 AM
This movie rules.
Crazy dog woman
Mar 4th, 2009, 03:44 PM
In Sweden it was called something like "A devil as a girlfriend", so it took me some reading before I realized I had seen it. I remember being pleasantly surprised since I had watched it merely because there was nothing else to watch, and I didn't expect anything called "a devil as a girlfriend" to be particularly good.
An Arizona Horror Company
Jan 19th, 2010, 08:41 PM
Yeah, not really a fan of mainstream studio comedy, either, but this cast is first-rate and it's a damn funny little movie. The characters played by Zahn and Black should have spun off into a sequel...they coulda traveled around offering wreck-a-wedding services to other shmucks around the country.