Saving Silverman (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Saving Silverman (2001)



Critic Consensus: Dragged down by a plot lacking any sense of logic and obnoxious, unsympathetic characters, this comedy is more crude and mean-spirited than funny.

Movie Info

This romantic comedy is from director, former actor, and regular Adam Sandler collaborator Dennis Dugan. Darren Silverman (Jason Biggs) is a loser at love, so his best friends J.D. (Jack Black) and Wayne (Steve Zahn) set him up on a date with his dream girl, Judith (Amanda Peet). A serious relationship develops and threatens to become a marriage, but J.D. and Wayne come to the conclusion that Judith is totally wrong for Darren. In an effort to reunite their pal with Sandy (Amanda Detmer), his long-lost love from school, they kidnap Judith. However, the wily bride to be is at least one step ahead of her captors in the wits department. Saving Silverman also stars R. Lee Ermey and Neil Diamond in a cameo role as himself.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Hank Nelken, Greg DePaul
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2001
Box Office: $19.0M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Jason Biggs
as Darren Silverman
Steve Zahn
as Wayne Lefessier
Jack Black
as J.D. McNugent
Amanda Detmer
as Sandy Perkus
R. Lee Ermey
as Football Coach
Neil Diamond
as Himself
Kyle Gass
as Bar Dude
Norman Armour
as Minister
Colin Foo
as Old Man
Esme Lambert
as Racoon Woman
Tony Parsons
as Newscaster
Lillian Carlson
as Mother Superior
Eli Ranger
as Young Darren
Ivan Jurcev
as Young J.D.
Carly McKillip
as Cute Girl
Carla Boudreau
as Beautiful Woman
Phil Trasolini
as Referee on Sideline
David Neale
as Cop at Police Statio...
Mary Ann Skoll
as Cop at Police Statio...
Biski Gugushe
as Cop at Darren's Hous...
Gus Lynch
as Security Guard
Larry "Warlock" Lam
as Thai Kickboxer
Stephen Chang
as Thai Referee
Eliza Murbach
as Wayne's Mom
Blake Stovin
as Wayne's Dad
Brittany Moldowan
as Little Girl
Katlyn Ducharme
as Little Girl
Nancy J. Lilley
as Bearded Lady
David Mylrea
as Dogfaced Boy
Dario De Iaco
as Strong Man
Margaret Ryan
as Old Lady
Lowela Jotie
as Cheerleader
Shannon Bennett
as Cheerleader
Theresa Coombe
as Cheerleader
Leigh Hilary-Lakin
as Cheerleader
Jennifer Armstrong
as Cheerleader
Linda Bernath
as Cheerleader
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Critic Reviews for Saving Silverman

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (37)

This full-throttle sophomoric comedy still feels forced and phony at times, which undercuts the manic efforts of its cast.

February 16, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Dugan ... encourages one and all to be as frat-house gross as possible.

February 16, 2001
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A relentless misfire, ineptly stealing from a number of crude but more ably executed comedies.

February 16, 2001
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The script ... smacks of desperation beyond saving.

February 16, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Despite an early, zesty deluge of gags ... it soon settles down to an anxious man-a-thon.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

Expends a moderate budget and several attractive young performers to absolutely no consequence.

Full Review… | February 9, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Saving Silverman


J.D.: Isn't one-and-only supposed to be, like, one? And only? 

"They swore nothing could come between them. Then she came along."

Saving Silverman is a movie so stupid, so ridiculous, so weird, so fucked up; that I actually ended up liking it a little. Not a lot, but a little, which is a lot more than I thought I would. When I say this movie is stupid, I mean it is one of the stupidest movies I have ever seen. It's so stupid, you have to give it props. I am of the belief that Dennis Dugan and company tried, with Saving Silverman, to make most moronic movie of all-time. So their attempt was a success. It may not merit any applause, nor should it mean that you should watch it. In fact I wouldn't wish this movie on anyone. It takes a special type of person to take any satisfaction in Saving Silverman at all. And I guess I'm one of them.

I would talk about the plot here, but all you'd be able to read is plot gibberish. The film is very episodic and extremely wacky and bizarre. The cast do what they can to make it all the more ridiculous and damn if they didn't succeed. Jack Black, Steve Zahn, Jason Biggs, Amanda Peet, and Ermey all turn in the most ridiculous performances of their lives. It's a good thing in this sense because it is what the film merited. 

I'm not going to go on any longer. I feel ashamed for saying I actually enjoyed Saving Silverman a little bit. Still I can't allow myself to give it more than the rating I have because it really is a shitty movie. It's just one of those movies that is so shitty, it's almost good.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Zany ensues when a nice guy takes up with one scheming, manipulative itch ... well, almost zany, as halfway through the movie I realized that I hadn't laughed once, a comedy deathknell. The actors are personable enough, the situations seems ripe for jest, and yet: blah.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Pathetic characters, dumb plot without logic and silly scenes, this "romantic" comedy presents a crude and weak script that don't take a lot of laughs. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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