Watch The Slammin' Salmon
- 1 hr 38 min
The Slammin' Salmon is a 2009 comedy film directed by Kevin Heffernan and co-starring Michael Clarke Duncan, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Heffernan himself among others. The film serves as a satirical take on the concept of reality TV shows, specifically those that center around food and cooking. The film is set in a high-end restaurant known as the Slammin' Salmon, owned by retired heavyweight boxer and restaurateur Cleon Salmon, played by Duncan. With the restaurant facing significant financial troubles, Cleon concocts a scheme to boost the restaurant's finances - he will host a competition where the waitstaff will compete to see who can sell the most food in one night, with the winner receiving $10,000 and the loser receiving a "broken rib sandwich" - essentially a sandwich filled with mustard and broken animal bones. The waitstaff is comprised of a mix of characters, each with their own unique personalities and quirks. Chandrasekhar plays Nuts, a timid and anxious waiter who struggles to keep his nerves in check; Heffernan plays the overweight and gluttonous Fat Michael, who is constantly seen eating and snacking on the restaurant's food; and Steve Lemme plays Connor, a sleazy womanizer who is constantly flirting with the female staff. The competition begins, and chaos quickly ensues as the waitstaff goes to great lengths to sell as much food as possible. This includes putting on ridiculous performances and wearing outlandish costumes, all to impress the customers and earn their tips. Additionally, Cleon throws various obstacles their way, such as doubling the prices on certain dishes and purposely messing up orders, to make the competition even more challenging. As the night progresses, tensions rise among the staff, with alliances forming and betrayals happening left and right. Meanwhile, Cleon barks orders and insults from the kitchen, becoming more and more furious as the night goes on. Throughout it all, the waitstaff must deal with unruly customers, aggressive cooks, and their own personal demons. The film maintains a high-energy tone throughout, thanks in no small part to the comedic talents of the ensemble cast. Each actor brings their own unique style of comedy to the film, with Duncan's larger-than-life persona standing out in particular. The film's satire of reality TV and the restaurant industry is bitingly sharp, with the competition and the absurdity that ensues serving as commentary on the cutthroat nature of the food service industry. Overall, The Slammin' Salmon is a hilarious and irreverent comedy that is sure to appeal to fans of films like Super Troopers and Beerfest, both of which were also directed by and starred members of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe. With its fast pace, over-the-top gags, and talented cast, The Slammin' Salmon is a film that is sure to leave audiences laughing out loud.