Saving Silverman (2001)

Movie Title: Saving Silverman

Year Released: 2001

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 36min

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance

Director: Dennis Dugan

Writer: Hank Nelken and Greg DePaul

Starring: Steve Zahn, Jack Black, Jason Biggs, Amanda Peet, Amanda Detmer, R. Lee Ermey, Neil Diamond, Kyle Gass

Review: When the controlling Judith (Amanda Peet) digs her claws into the sweet-natured Darren Silverman (Jason Biggs) his best friends J.D. (Jack Black) and Wayne (Steve Zahn) try every imaginable scheme to save him. But when Darren says a wedding is on the way the dim-witted duo decide that a kidnapping is in order, all the while trying to reunite poor Darren with his long-lost love (Amanda Detmer).

In the early 2000s theaters were filled with goofy comedies week after week. Saving Silverman is definitely one of the funniest. It has a sitcom premise, but thanks to the comedic talents of stars Steve Zahn, Jack Black, and R. Lee Ermey (yes, that R. Lee Ermey) you get a movie that gets goofier, funnier, and more ridiculous as it goes along.

Amanda Peet's character is so incredibly hateable here that you can help but root for our moronic heroes. Because of this movie I can't watch anything with her in it without detesting her with ever fiber of my being. A movie is only as good as its villain and she's a great one! The biggest problem with Saving Silverman is Silverman. Jason Biggs is rather annoying and doesn't garner much sympathy as the movie progresses. He's sweet, but kind of a lame-o and I don't really care for him, but I do want to hang out with his buddies J.D. and Wayne. Jack Black is hilarious as the absent-minded Wayne. His physical quirks and weird line deliveries are comic gold! And Steve Zahn can do no wrong. From his hilarious battle with a protective raccoon to his face-offs with Amanda Peet's Judith - he's the man that makes this movie!

And let's not forget the biggest factory and why Saving Silverman is so memorable is the music and appearance of Mr. Neil Diamond! The man is a national treasure and has a prominent part in the story and is crucial to the bond between over three male leads.

Saving Silverman is certainly not the best movie ever made, but it's perfect for laugh when you really need one. So "COME ON AH YEEEEEEEH-HA!" Fans of the movie will know what I'm talking about.

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The magician in the bar hitting on Judith is Kyle Gass, lead guitarist and co-writer in Tenacious D with Jack Black.


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