Saving Silverman

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Saving Silverman
Saving silverman poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDennis Dugan
Produced byNeal H. Moritz
Bruce Berman
Warren Carr
Bernie Goldmann
Brad Luff
Bill Whitten
Peter Ziegler
Written byHank Nelken
Greg DePaul
StarringJason Biggs
Steve Zahn
Jack Black
Amanda Peet
Amanda Detmer
R. Lee Ermey
and Neil Diamond
Music byMike Simpson
CinematographyArthur Albert
Editing byDebra Neil-Fisher
StudioVillage Roadshow Pictures
Original Film
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • February 9, 2001 (2001-02-09)
Running time90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$22 million
Box office$26,086,706
 
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Saving Silverman
Saving silverman poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDennis Dugan
Produced byNeal H. Moritz
Bruce Berman
Warren Carr
Bernie Goldmann
Brad Luff
Bill Whitten
Peter Ziegler
Written byHank Nelken
Greg DePaul
StarringJason Biggs
Steve Zahn
Jack Black
Amanda Peet
Amanda Detmer
R. Lee Ermey
and Neil Diamond
Music byMike Simpson
CinematographyArthur Albert
Editing byDebra Neil-Fisher
StudioVillage Roadshow Pictures
Original Film
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • February 9, 2001 (2001-02-09)
Running time90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$22 million
Box office$26,086,706

Saving Silverman is a 2001 comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Jason Biggs, Steve Zahn, Jack Black and Amanda Peet. Neil Diamond has a cameo role playing himself. In the film, Darren Silverman's longtime friends try to save him from marrying his controlling new girlfriend, whose behavior threatens the friends, their band, and Darren's chance at happiness with his lifelong true love.

Outside North America, the film was titled Evil Woman.

Plot[edit]

Darren Silverman, Wayne LeFessier, and J.D. McNugent best friends since fifth grade and Neil Diamond fans throughout, form a Neil Diamond tribute band called "Diamonds in the Rough". Darren meets a beautiful but domineering psychologist, Judith Fessbeggler, through a chance encounter in a local bar after a band gig. Unfortunately, six weeks into their relationship, Judith is still making Darren watch her change clothes, and though sleeping together is satisfying for her, Darren gets nothing but a sore jaw. Judith isolates Darren from his friends, demands that Darren quit the band, receive humiliating medical procedures, and attend relationship counseling under her care. Wayne and J.D. decide to save Darren from her by attempting to bribe her, arm wrestle her, and shock her with faked photographs of Darren cheating, all to no avail.

The friends, undaunted, try to reunite Darren with his "one and only", Sandy Perkus, when she returns to Seattle to take her final vows as a nun. When Darren and Judith announce their engagement, Wayne and J.D. kidnap Judith. When they visit Coach Norton in jail, his advice is that they should just kill her. Sandy's feelings for Darren are reawakened, but the pair's attempted date is ruined by Darren's preoccupation with Judith. Sandy, disheartened, returns to the convent, but Darren snaps out of it and runs the 30 miles there to win her back.

Chained to an engine block in J.D.'s garage, Judith convinces J.D. he is gay. She knocks him unconscious to steal his keys and escape, only to be tranquilized with a dart gun by Wayne. Returned to the garage, Judith seduces Wayne into releasing one of her hands, so she escapes again. She runs to Darren's house in time to see him kiss Sandy, but shames him into confessing his engagement to Judith. Sandy, disheartened, returns to the convent again. Darren has Wayne and J.D. arrested. After escaping from jail with the help of Coach Norton, J.D. and Wayne rush to the convent on the brink of Sandy's final vows as a nun. They convince her that Darren still loves her. They then kidnap Neil Diamond to help Darren and Sandy reunite. At the wedding, Neil stalls the proceedings with song while Wayne and Judith beat each other up (as love play), Darren and Sandy reunite, and J.D. arrives holding Coach in his arms, and Coach asks him when will he get married and J.D. says he's gay and then Coach tells him that he is as well.

On stage at the Neil Diamond concert that night, the priest weds Darren to Sandy, Wayne to Judith, and J.D. to Coach; the entire cast sings "Holly Holy".

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

This film falls within a cross-genre film type from the late 1990s and early 2000s in which grooms are saved, or nearly saved, from distasteful marriage.[1] Cast member Jason Biggs said the film is based on "a universal problem" of girlfriends who control who their partners are friends with.[2]

Saving Silverman was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia[3] at a cost of USD$22 million.[4] Neil Diamond said humorously that "I was dragged into this project kicking and screaming."[2]

Reception[edit]

Reviews of the film were broadly negative, earning the film a 18% critic rating at Rotten Tomatoes (with the site's consensus stating: "Dragged down by a plot lacking any sense of logic and obnoxious, unsympathetic characters, this comedy is more crude and mean-spirited than funny.")[5] and 22/100 at Metacritic.[6]

The film opened at No. 3 at the North American box office making $7.4 million USD in its opening weekend. The film grossed a domestic total of $19,402,030 and $26,086,706 worldwide from a $22 million budget.[7] It opened behind The Wedding Planner and Hannibal, which opened at the top spot.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

Saving Silverman was released in two versions on home video - the PG-13 version that had been released in theaters, and the original R rated cut. The differences between the two versions are mostly dialogue changes and small additions to certain scenes, although two new scenes do appear, with some other scenes in the movie swapped around to compensate for the longer run time.

Saving Silverman was one of the first Columbia Pictures films to be released under the Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment label.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adam Sternbergh (January 28, 2004). "The Devil Wears Pearls: In recent movies, grooms across America flee their frigid fiancees". Slate Magazine.
  2. ^ a b Steve Head (January 24, 2001). "I Am... I Said Saving Silverman". IGN Movies. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
  3. ^ Saving Silverman locations from the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Laura Jackson (2005). Neil Diamond: His Life, His Music, His Passion. ECW Press. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-55022-707-9. 
  5. ^ "Saving Silverman at Rotten Tomatoes". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Saving Silverman at MetaCritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  7. ^ Saving Silverman at Box Office Mojo

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