Quick Movie Review: The Slammin’ Salmon (2009)

I haven’t been super impressed with The Broken Lizard flicks aside from Super Troopers. To be fair, I haven’t seen Club Dread and I loved Beerfest…when I saw it buzzed, watching it again later, it was a too-long bore and their first flick Puddle Cruiser was pretty much amateur hour (of course, it was a college indie film, but a good script doesn’t raise the budget). I actually didn’t even realize they had a new movie out in The Slammin’ Salmon, so its very existence surprised me along with how freaking great it is.

The plot revolves around a restaurant owned by a former boxer (Michael Clarke Duncan) who needs the place to make $20,000 so he can pay off a gambling debt. The manager pushes the waiters (most of the Broken Lizard crew with How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders and April Bowlby who also popped up on a few episodes of HIMYM apparently) to sell like crazy and, as you might expect, shenanigans ensue. One of the wait staff gets pretty badly burned, one goes off his meds and an alternate personality takes over, the new guy gets hazed and someone eats an expensive diamond engagement ring. It’s the kind of comedy goodness you should come to expect from the gang.

It’s hard to compare this movie to Super Troopers which has taken on a pretty high spot in my mental list of great comedies from the last 10-15 years, but I do think that this might be the first time the guys live up to the high standards they showed us they could reach with that flick.

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