Movie: "Saving Silverman"
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Writing credits: Hank Nelken, Greg DePaul
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.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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