The Slammin' Salmon

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The Slammin' Salmon
Slammin salmon poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kevin Heffernan[1]
Produced by Peter Lengyel
Richard Perello
Written by Broken Lizard
Starring Michael Clarke Duncan
Jay Chandrasekhar
Kevin Heffernan
Steve Lemme
Paul Soter
Erik Stolhanske
Cobie Smulders
April Bowlby
Olivia Munn
Music by Nathan Barr
Cinematography Robert Barocci
Edited by Brad Katz
Distributed by Anchor Bay Films
Release date
  • January 17, 2009 (2009-01-17) (Slamdance Film Festival)
  • December 11, 2009 (2009-12-11) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

The Slammin' Salmon is a 2009 comedy film by Broken Lizard. The film is about the owner of a restaurant initiating a contest to see which of his waiters can earn the most money in a single night, with a prize of $10,000. The loser receives a "beat down" by the owner, Cleon Salmon, a former heavyweight boxer (played by Michael Clarke Duncan). Kevin Heffernan directed the film; it was his first time directing a Broken Lizard film.[1] Salmon was filmed in 25 days at the beginning of 2008.


"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.





The film premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival on January 17, 2009.[2] It was released to limited theaters in the United States on December 11, 2009.[3] On April 13, 2010, the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray.


The film has received mostly negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 36% of critics gave the film a positive review, based upon a sample of 25, with an average score of 4.9 out of 10.[4] Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times praised Duncan's performance, but noted that many of the jokes in the film are tired and old.[5] Michael O'Sullivan, writing for The Washington Post, noted that the film engages in "lowbrow insults and slapsticky shenanigans" and that its humor "hovers around crotch level."[6]


  1. ^ a b Yamato, Jen (March 5, 2008). "Sneak Peek: Inside Broken Lizard's Next Film, Slammin' Salmon". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  2. ^ Vice, Jeff (December 8, 2008). "Slamdance announces '09 slate of flicks". Deseret News. Retrieved December 28, 2008. 
  3. ^ "The Slammin' Salmon | Moviephone". Moviephone. 
  4. ^ "The Slammin' Salmon". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (December 11, 2009). "A Restaurant in Full Hustle on a Make-or-Break Night". The New York Times. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ O'Sullivan, Michael (December 11, 2009). "On the menu: Lowbrow farce". Washington Post. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 

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