The Slammin' Salmon (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Slammin' Salmon (2009)



Critic Consensus: Potty humor and juvenile antics keep this workplace comedy from being particularly funny or memorable.

Movie Info

"Slammin" Cleon Salmon is a former Heavyweight Champion of the World turned celebrity owner of a high-end Miami seafood restaurant, The Slammin' Salmon. A terrifying bull of a man, Salmon uses fear to rule over his misfit waitstaff, and on this particular night, he takes his bullying skills to a new level. In an effort to pay off a gambling debt to the Japanese Yakuza, Salmon sets up a contest to 'inspire' his waitstaff to sell more food than they ever have before: the top selling server wins $10,000 while the waiter in last place gets served with a broken rib sandwich-courtesy of the Champ himself.more
Rating: R (for pervasive language and sexual references)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kevin Heffernan, Jay Chandrasekhar, Erik Stolhanske, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 13, 2010
Box Office: $26.2k
Anchor Bay Films - Official Site


Paul Soter
as Dave/Donnie
Lance Henriksen
as Dick Lobo
Jeff Chase
as Anthony
Michael Yurchak
as Jaime the Line Chef
Nat Faxon
as Carl the Manager
Jolie Martin
as Waitress
Carrie Clifford
as Patty the Hostess
Will Forte
as Horace the Lone Dine...
Rosalie Ward
as Merlot Customer
Marc Evan Jackson
as Dry Sac Customer
Dennis Gubbins
as 4 lb. Lobster Dude
Sendhil Ramamurthy
as Marlon Spencer
Olivia Munn
as Samara Dubois
Jim Gaffigan
as Stanley Bellin
Bobbi Sue Luther
as Cod Customer #1
Michael Merton
as Cod Customer #2
J.D. Walsh
as Cod Customer #3
JD Walsh
as Cod Customer #3
James Grace
as Bachelor Party Guy
Alison Bower
as Al the Lesbian
Koji Kataoka
as Mr. Yamamuri
Smith Cho
as Translator
Jim Rash
as Disgusted Businessma...
Elisabeth Noone
as Champagne Customer #...
Melissa-Anne Davenpo...
as Champagne Customer #...
Gillian Vigman
as The Escort
Sam Redford
as British Guy
Peter Gaulke
as Opera Customer
Rohit Sang
as Frat Guy
Richard Perello
as Fidel the Bartender
Avi Rothman
as Steve Lemmaducci
Candace Smith
as Mrs. Eva Salmon Pare...
Philippe Brenninkmey...
as King Crab Customer
Philipp Brenninkmeye...
as King Crab Customer
Tara Brenninkmeyer
as King Crab Customer W...
Peter Navy Tuiasosop...
as Miami Dolphin #1
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News & Interviews for The Slammin' Salmon

Critic Reviews for The Slammin' Salmon

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10)

Thirteen-year-old boys big enough to sneak into R-rated movies are presumably the prime audience for this witless comedy from the Broken Lizard troupe.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It has its share of funny moments. But it also has its share of tired ones.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Much of the film's humor hovers around crotch level. If jokes about mental illness, terminal disease and sex with orangutans sound funny to you, go for it.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

This fratty National Lampoon-style comedy (written by and starring the Broken Lizard troupe of comics who made Beerfest and Super Troopers) is funny more often than not. Worth checking out on video.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

If you're in the mood for buffoonery, you'll probably enjoy this dumb-but-funny marathon of back-stabbing, physical gags, potty humor and appealing cast chemistry.

Full Review… | December 10, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

You would think any movie with the word "salmon" in the title would have to be funny. Think again.

Full Review… | December 10, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Slammin' Salmon


Cleon Salmon: You know what ten grand feels like in your pocket? It feels like a third cock.

"Bring a bib, it's gonna get messy."

The Slammin Salmon is exactly what you'd expect it to be if you've seen Super Troopers and Beerfest. It's a moderately funny, obscene, disgusting, and just an overall average comedy. Just as with Super Troopers and Beerfest, it's easy watching and enjoyable, but there's definitely something missing to take it to another level and make it a more than just average comedy.

The Slammin Salmon is the name of a high end, seafood restaurant owned by a former boxing champion that still uses his size and past triumphs to intimidate his employees. The movie follows one night of business in the restaurant as we learn that The Champ lost a bet and owes a Japanese man $20,000. In order that the restaurant isn't taken away, he tells the manager that he must make sure they make the $20,000 in one night. Then he gives the workers some incentive by saying the top selling waiter or waitress of the night will be given $10,000.

There's definitely a level of fun to be had while watching The Slammin Salmon, but it is also a highly forgettable film, which seems to be the motif with these filmmakers movies. It will appeal to some much more than it did for me, but I view this in the same way as Super Troopers and Beerfest. Their okay, but in the end there's nothing too special or great going on.

It's worth a look if you like the actors and the previous movies from them. If not, stay far away because The Slammin Salmon isn't going to change your mind. In the end, all you need to do is turn your brain off and watch the ridiculousness which is The Slammin Salmon. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Will Forte trampled by a bull right in front of a restaurant? LOLZ. i hate every character as well as every actor in this movie, except for the one who died. the one i hate the most is the fat manager. every manager in movies is either creepy, sexist, or fat. maybe im supposed to hate managers in restaurant movies. well, i hate this one. he is fat.

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

This movie reminds me a lot of Waiting... although it seems much less mean-spirited, somehow. The plot revolves around the wait staff of a restaurant who are pushed to sell-sell-sell to make up the money thier boss - the ex-heavyweight champ of the boxing world - lost in a bet to the Yakuza. Michael Clarke Duncan is an absolute comedic genius, and brings a playful and somewhat childish menace to Cleon Salmon and his nuanced naivety. But everybody is great in this, and Kevin Heffernan appears to have a great flair for visual composition and colour. The script in this movie is hilarious, and each character is very human as an individual and very believable as part of a team. The actors and thus characters have great rapport with each other. Oh man, this movie is delightful. I don't always strike gold in the cheap movie bins at Blockbusters, but the movie gods did indeed smile upon me.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

The Slammin' Salmon Quotes

Nuts: Because I am a homicidal maniac.
– Submitted by Jesse K (3 years ago)

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