The Slammin' Salmon

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Check please. Indie waiter comedy too raunchy for kids.
  • R
  • 2009
  • 98 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There are no messages here except one small one that occurs in the film's final minutes. The spineless house manager stands up to the champ, who has been bullying the wait staff, and succeeds in his efforts. Otherwise, the competition is equal parts friendly and mean-spirited, and there are a few derogatory insults along the way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While these waiters and restaurant workers may be funny, none of them are worth emulating or even remembering.

Violence

One character is burned twice, via some hot soup and some birthday candles. Otherwise, there is lots of squabbling and shouting and mild wrestling. The "champ" punches a few people, and a character falls down the stairs and "breaks his legs." (They're bent behind him in a humorous way.)

Sex

There is lots of boasting, sex talk, and some kissing (with moaning and slapping). A girl dances in her underwear, but there is no real nudity aside from a naked male bottom.

Language

We hear constant swearing throughout, with just about every word in the book: "f--k" (and all its variations), "s--t" (and all its variations), "p---y," "c--k," "c--t," "ass," "anus," "bitch," "retard," "suck it," "dick," "blow job," "nuts," "balls," "'tang," "teats," "twat," "douche," and one made up word: "Ejacudor."

Consumerism

The brands of alcoholic drinks are mentioned in the restaurant, such as Smirnoff and Blue Curacao. The restaurant also carries a Zagat rating.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The customers in the restaurant sometimes drink to excess, meant as humorous. One new waiter is given Blue Curacao to drink as a prank; his lips turn blue. He gets drunk and begins slurring and getting his words mixed up. Another character forgets to take his "meds" and starts acting crazy in the restaurant.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is the fourth feature film by the comedy troupe Broken Lizard (Super Troopers, Broken Lizard's Club Dread, Beerfest), which specializes in vulgar, raunchy humor filled with foul language. Neither the comedians nor the material are terribly smart, daring, or memorable, and the movie seems destined to appeal to the Lizard's core cult audience and no one else. However, for first timers, the characters are mildly likeable and the jokes occasionally find purchase. Aside from the nonstop cursing and sex talk, the movie ventures into comic violence and some sexual situations. Broken Lizard fans will want to see it, but only those over 16 should get the chance.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymoto321 July 23, 2012

Overall this movie was a little bit over the top reality wise, but it was played in a situation that is rarely used in movies

I mean it is not like we haven't heard or seen any of the things in the movie before. There is quite a bit of language but like i've said, we've... Continue reading

What's the story?

A former boxing champ Cleon "Slammin'" Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan) runs a popular and well-regarded seafood restaurant. He announces that he needs to make $20,000 in one night to pay off a gambling debt, even though it has never before been done. So the house manager (Kevin Heffernan) cooks up a contest to get the waiters motivated into selling more food and drinks. Unfortunately, just about everything goes wrong: one character goes off his meds, another gets burned in the face, and yet another swallows an expensive engagement ring. The customers cause more problems, such as a man who takes up an entire booth for the evening to read "War and Peace" and drink lemon water. Can this hapless wait staff pull it together and save the day?

Is it any good?

The ensemble cast is fresh-faced and ready to embarrass themselves with an endless string of vulgar, profanity-filled, and sex-related dialogue. Even if they aren't quite ready to deal with adult relationships or emotions. Likewise, the humor isn't particularly intelligent or memorable, but occasionally, some of these shallow jokes will stick and cause giggles even in the stiffest of viewers.

Oscar-nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) is a high point, playing a spoiled, privileged, retired boxing champ who usually gets his way, and if he doesn't, he's ready to use his fists; he wears his stupidity proudly and cheerfully. Actor-director Kevin Heffernan captures a fairly real workplace atmosphere, even if most of the incidents there are the stuff of low comedy and old films. Overall, the movie is harmless, and will mostly appeal to already-converted Broken Lizard fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the "champ," who owns the restaurant. Is he a bully? What makes him so? Who stands up to him, and how?

  • Most of the movie consists of a contest to see which waiter can make the most money in one night. Is the contest friendly? Or mean? Do the waiters genuinely like one another, in spite of their insults?

  • What made you laugh in this movie? Was it a funny line of dialogue, or something more visual? Why was it funny?

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