The Slammin' Salmon

January 3rd, 2009


The Slammin' Salmon

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.4/10 (5,978 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Director: Kevin Heffernan

Stars: Michael Clarke Duncan, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan

The brutal former heavyweight boxing champion Cleon "Slammin'" Salmon, now owner of a Miami restaurant, institutes a competition to see which waiter can earn the most money in one night: the winner stands to gain $10,000, while the loser will endure a beating at the hands of the champ.

Writers: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan

Kevin Heffernan - Rich Parente
Jeff Chase - Anthony
Carla Gallo - Stacy
Paul Soter - Dave / Donnie
Michael Yurchak - Jamie the Line Chef
Nat Faxon - Carl the Manager
Jolie Martin - Waitress
Erik Stolhanske - Guy
Jay Chandrasekhar - Nuts
April Bowlby - Mia
Cobie Smulders - Tara
Steve Lemme - Connor
Carrie Clifford - Patty the Hostess
Will Forte - Horace the Lone Diner
Rosalie Ward - Merlot Customer

Taglines: Bring a bib, it's gonna get messy


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 3 Jan 2009

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $26,167 (USA) (13 December 2009) (11 Screens)

Gross: $41,588 (USA) (31 January 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

The character played by Avi Rothman has the name Steve Lemmaduche, obviously relating to the fact that he took Connor's role on CFI: Hotlanta. Connor is played by actor and member of the Broken Lizard, Steve Lemme

Continuity: When Rich is announcing the winners of the contest, Tara's name is showing on top, but in the next shot showing him, Mia's name is showing on top.

Rich: Dave, can I get a re-fire?
Dave: What did you just say to me?
Rich: The guy at table five wants it cooked a little bit more.
Dave: No! They asked for it medium rare. It's perfect. If he wants it cooked more, tell him to go shove it up his ass.
Rich: You want me to tell that guy to cook this in his ass?
Dave: Yeah, within the inside of his anus.

User Review

Consistently Funny

Rating: 8/10

I'll admit that I'm a huge Broken Lizard fan, I have seen all of their films and even have an appreciation for the relatively unfunny Club Dread. For me, this is just a fun-loving group of comedians that love to make their audience laugh, or at least try their damnedest. I had the pleasure of attending the Canadian premiere of the "Slammin' Salmon" in Montreal recently and the Broken Lizard troupe was there to meet and greet the fans and answer questions after the movie. They are true class acts and friendly guys. While I won't give away any specific jokes I will say that from a fan's perspective, this is their second funniest film, with Supertroopers of course being the cult favourite. So yes, it is an improvement on Beerfest; the Slammin' Salmon is just straight up funnier. As for regular movie-goers and comedy fans, I highly recommend this film. It was produced with a low budget during the writers' strike, so without a big studio production, it has the fast pacing of a stage show. The focus in this movie is on the JOKES... which is something refreshing to see in a comedy; less emphasis on character development and a complex plot, but more emphasis on keeping the audience consistently laughing. The humour is low brow at times, but is also clever and well-timed, there are many quick one-liners so pay sharp attention to this fast paced comedy, enjoy!


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