|Directed by||Jason Ensler|
|Produced by||Jeff Sussman
|Screenplay by||William Tepper|
|Story by||William Tepper
|Music by||Adam Cohen|
|Edited by||Chris Peppe|
The Jon Klane Company
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
Maurice (Romano) and Dave (James) are door-to-door meat salesmen who need to make a sale to keep their jobs. After several houses with no luck, they meet Loridonna (Sofia Vergara), who is interested in the guys' meat as well as what they are selling. However, an emergency call offsets them, as they now go to the home of Mafia princess Suzzane (Juliette Lewis). Once there, they then encounter mobster Tony (Kim Coates) and two hitmen.
Maurice and Dave try but fail to sell steaks to people through a mail service. Their boss, tired of their incompetence, gives them cards with the names and addresses of their highest buyers, warning this is their last chance. Dave loses all but one of the cards. It leads to a woman named Loridonna.
She gets a phone call from friend Suzzane, who has swallowed a fish and needs help. Loridonna lies that Dave is a doctor. While he is talking to Suzzane, Loridonna begins to seductively talk about wanting Maurice's "meat". Turned on, Maurice tries to seal a deal with Loridonna, but Dave says Suzzane wants to kill herself. They drive Loridonna to Suzzane's house, where they discover Suzzane is a drunk whose suicide was a false alarm.
Loridonna and Maurice begin making out. Tony, Suzzane's husband, comes home and catches them. Tony casually changes clothes while telling Maurice that Loridonna was once a man. An embarrassed Loridonna confirms this and tries to explain, but Maurice is too disappointed (and disgusted) to care. Tony then attempts to kill Dave, thinking he tried to seduce Suzzane. After explaining, Dave and Tony become friendly. Tony begins to grill some steaks, only to be ambushed, shot, and killed by two hitmen.
Finding some of Tony's guns, Dave and Maurice fight back. The hitmen put them into the trunk of their car, leaving them there while attending a party. Maurice is able to get out. He sees Goldbluth, a name from the cards they got from their boss. After freeing Dave, they describing to party guests the tenderness of their steaks. The hitmen return looking for them. Dave is unable to leave because Goldbluth is rambling on. He signs a contract to buy meat, so they warn Goldbluth that two hitmen are here to kill him. Dave gives Goldbluth the gun Tony had when he was killed.
Maurice and Dave drive off, looking back to see shots fired. Goldbluth comes out without a scratch. Maurice and Dave return to their boss with seven orders and $21,000 up front from Goldbluth. The film ends with them having a barbecue with Dave's family.
Grilled was originally titled Men Don't Quit, and was set for a worldwide theatrical release in 2005. Poor test screenings pushed it back, and the film went straight to video under its new title.
- Ray Romano as Maurice
- Kevin James as Dave
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Renee
- Jack Kehler as Abbott
- Jon Polito as Leon Waterman
- Sofia Vergara as Loridonna
- Juliette Lewis as Suzzane
- Kim Coates as Tony
- Michael Rapaport as Bobby
- Barry Newman as Boris
- Burt Reynolds as Goldbluth
- Eric Allan Kramer as Irving