Anchor Bay Films is going to get a pass from me for a while because they picked up Broken Lizard’s newest film, “The Slammin’ Salmon” and will distribute it to theaters this December. Every time I saw an update from BL on Facebook, I would wonder when I would finally get to see the movie which premiered at Slamdance this past January. Now I get to see it before the end of the year and I’m beyond excited. Hit the jump for details.
Some people don’t enjoy the comedy of Broken Lizard but I try not to associate with these people. While I still think their breakout film “Super Troopers” is their best, I also have “Club Dread” and “Beerfest” sitting on my shelf. But “Super Troopers” is one of those rare comedies that only gets better with every viewing. While it’s unfair for me to demand “Salmon” to reach that level, I still have high expectations.
Filmed independently during last year’s writer’s strike, “The Slammin’ Salmon” tells the tale a former heavyweight champ, “Slammin” Cleon Salmon (Michael Clark Duncan), a restaurant owner who owes $20K to the Yakuza and forces his waiters to sell more food than they ever have in one night. The winner gets $10,000 cash and the loser gets the shit kicked out of him (or her) by Cleon.
The Broken Lizard comedy troupe of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske will star alongside an ensemble cast including Will Forte, Cobie Smulders, Lance Henriksen and Vivica A. Fox. Unlike BL’s previous films which were all directed by Chandrasekhar, “Salmon” will be the directing debut of Heffernan. As before, the script was written by all five Broken Lizard members.
With only a limited number of films remaining in 2009 I was excited to see, I love that I can now look forward to “The Slammin’ Salmon”. While I would also love to see Broken Lizard’s live comedy tour, Atlanta’s continues its impressive trend of missing things I would love to see.