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 … 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


as Darren Silverman

as Wayne Lefessier

as J.D. McNugent

as Sandy Perkus

as Football Coach

as Himself

as Bar Dude

as Minister

as Old Man

as Racoon Woman

as Newscaster

as Mother Superior

as Young Darren

as Young J.D.

as Cute Girl

as Beautiful Woman

as Referee on Sideline

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as Security Guard

as Thai Kickboxer

as Thai Referee

as Wayne's Mom

as Wayne's Dad

as Little Girl

as Little Girl

as Hooker

as Bearded Lady

as Dogfaced Boy

as Strong Man

as Old Lady

as Cheerleader

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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