The concept isn't a bad one -- a group of Miami waiters are pitted against one another in a single, frenzied night's competition to earn the most tips. To the winner goes an increasingly bodacious array of prizes, and to the loser... a fistful of pain courtesy of former boxing champ and current mean, scary and giant restaurant owner Michael Clarke Duncan. Along the way, the competition becomes heated, the staff members go to greater and greater lengths to win, and the diners who enter the high-end eatery trend towards the more and more outlandish. So why, then, doesn't The Slammin' Salmon feel like anything more than a protracted episode of John Ritter's restaurant-based Three's Company spinoff, Three's a Crowd?
It's disappointing that the movie doesn't score more laughs, seeing as how it comes from the Broken Lizard comedy troupe who are so beloved in certain circles for films like Super Troopers and Beerfest. But whereas those pictures felt inspired in their lowbrow and juvenile tendencies, The Slammin' Salmon has an air of advancing age to it, as if the Broken Lizard boys have finally moved out of their parent's basement, gotten a job, and opened their first checking account. Yes, the conventions of adulthood have arrived for the Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske, and The Slammin' Salmon is a pokey, hit or miss outing as a result.
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