Saving Silverman

2001

Saving Silverman (2001)

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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.

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Darren Silverman, Wayne Le Fessier and J.D. McNugent have been best friends since the fifth grade. From grade school (when they were all picked on), to high school (when Wayne played on the football squad, J.D. was the team's mascot and Darren was its star cheerleader), to today (rocking side by side in "Diamonds in the Rough", their Neil Diamond cover band), these guys have always stuck together. Now, enter Judith, a great-looking but cold-hearted and manipulative psychiatrist who digs her claws into sweet-natured Darren, snatches him from the friendship and even breaks up the band. First, J.D. and Wayne attempt to distract Darren by reuniting him with his high school love, Sandy, who in only a short time plans to take her religious vows and become a nun. But the stranglehold Judith has on Darren is too strong. In a desperate and hilarious last-ditch attempt to save their friend from Judith's grip - and after receiving some ill-advised help from their take-no-prisoners high school football coach - Wayne and J.D. kidnap Judith and fake her death, leaving Darren free to fall for Sandy. Judith, however, doesn't stay down for long. Demonstrating cunning and kick-ass karate moves that leave her captors in the dust, Judith escapes and pulls Darren back under her control. But just before the contentious couple takes their wedding vows, a hero arrives in an unexpected form - Neil Diamond, who is recruited by J.D. and Wayne to help save the day.

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Cast

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 Station
Mary Ann Skoll
as Cop at Police Station
Biski Gugushe
as Cop at Darren's House
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 (100) | Top Critics (34)

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

Feb 16, 2001

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

Feb 16, 2001

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

Feb 16, 2001

The script ... smacks of desperation beyond saving.

Feb 16, 2001 | Rating: 0.5/5

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

Feb 14, 2001 | Full Review…

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

Feb 9, 2001 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Saving Silverman

½

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
Melvin White

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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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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

½

Sometimes a silly movie is really funny. This is one of those. Jack Black is perfect as J.D., a well-meaning but moronic slob. Steve Zahn is great as his slightly brighter buddy, Wayne. Darren Silverman (Jason Biggs), the title character and the third member of the trio of losers who've had a bond and a band (Neil Diamond tribute band) since grade school. Although the title character, and the man who the plot spins about, Silverman is seldom in the thick of the fun. That is provided by the antics of his two buddies in trying to save him from Judith (Amanda Peet), a successful educated women who finds Silverman convenient to have around after feigning interest in him to fend off a magician clumsily trying to hit on her. Their relationship is that of female domination of a willingly submissive male, although overt use of that terminology would ruin the movie. The domination includes Judith denying Darren sexual favors but demanding it from him. Darren's true "one and only" love is Sandy (Amanda Detmer), who left town with her family while in grade school, but moves back shortly after Darren gets besotted by Judith. Sandy is a novitiate who is to take her vows in a week.

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