The troop found themselves in the middle of a writers strike as they took a modest budget and a new member as director into “The Slammin’ Salmon.” Cory and Nathan are very excited to jump in, hopeful this one is a bit of a return to the early roots of Broken Lizard’s comedy style.
The Slammin’ Salmon (2009):
“Slammin” Cleon Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan) is a former world heavyweight boxing champion who retired to open a sports-themed restaurant in Miami. His antics lead him to believe that he owes $20,000 to the head of the Japanese Yakuza. Needing to come up with the money in one night, he challenges the wait staff to sell more food than they have ever sold, with the top waiter receiving $10,000 in cash and the lowest waiter getting a “broken ribs sandwich” courtesy of the champ. Zany hijinks ensue as the staff try to one-up each other and win the prize while avoiding a beating. In the end, Cleon realizes that he only owed 20,000 Yen to the Japanese Yakuza (which works out to be $170) and shares the takings with the wait staff. But before he goes to give the Japanese Yakuza the money, he beats up Guy since he was the lowest selling waiter.
This is a strong recommend! If you’re a fan of Super Troopers specifically, you’ll definitely love this one. We both agree that Broken Lizard seem to really shine when they are on a limited budget. It was refreshing to see one of the other members, Kevin, take the reigns and the gang really lucked out with the solid supporting cast they assembled.
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