Back Add a Comment Share:
From the director of such films as "Big Daddy" and "Happy Gilmore" comes "Saving Silverman", the story of three childhood buddies whose relationship that includes idolizing Neil Diamond and drinking beer, is interrupted by Judith (Amanda Peet). Jason Biggs portrays Darren, who meets Judith and she then begins to take control of his life and demands that he not hang around Wayne (Steve Zahn) and JD (Jack Black). Of course, Wayne and JD won't stand for this and thus they hatch a plan to save Darren from Judith and marriage by kidnapping her. Instead, Wayne and JD want to set-up Darren with his old school crush, Sandy, who unfortunately is training to become a nun.

Saving Silverman
Movie
As I previously mentioned, "Saving Silverman" is not the greatest film of 2001, however, I found several scenes to be hilarious and down right original. The script seems to be a little uneven and there are instances where the film falls flat for a period of time and then begins to accelerate again. Biggs of course portrays his standard character of a teenage male with girl problems. He doesn’t do anything in this film that we haven’t seen him do before. Fortunately, Zahn and Black are able to carry this film to the end with their hilarious and entertaining schemes. I really wish Zahn and Black are given the opportunity to work together in another film. These two are simply hilarious and are really the lifesavers of this film. Amanda Peet, is good, however, despite her beautiful looks and scene presence, her performance isn’t anything to praise.

There are two versions of “Saving Silverman” available on DVD, a PG-13 version that was released in theaters and an R-rated version that incorporates about 9 minutes of extra scenes and some dialogue.

Video
“Saving Silverman” is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The picture looks outstanding and did not appear to contain any speckles or dust marks from the original print. The colors are bright, sharp and well defined. I didn’t happen to notice any pixelation or any print flaws either. Overall, I think that Columbia Tristar has done an outstanding transfer job on this picture.

Saving Silverman
Audio
Because this film is a comedy its audio mainly utilizes the center speakers, however there were a few confrontation scenes which allowed the sound to travel to the surround speakers in the rear. The music also makes an appearance through the surround speakers, otherwise the majority of the sound is from the front. Overall, the sound was crisp and clear and the dialogue was clear and concise.

Extras
Unfortunately, the extra features contained on the “Saving Silverman” disc are pretty thin. Of course there is a commentary by director Dennis Dugan. The commentary is not one of my favorites. Dugan relays some funny stories while making this film, and some information on the cast. But, as a negative point, Dugan constantly chats about the scenes, and that’s ok in my book, however, during this commentary, he proclaims everything to be hilarious. Now really, is that realistic, I’d say there are quite a few funny moments in this film, but in no way is everything in this film funny.

Also included is a brief section of Outtakes. I was really excited to see the outtakes, as I am a huge Jack Black fan ... but sorry folks, these aren’t very long, and they aren’t very funny either. I chuckled a time or two, but in all honesty, it wasn’t what I was really looking for in outtakes that would have included Jack Black.

Finally we have the usual section of trailers and talent files. This one features trailers for "Saving Silverman", "Loser", "Big Daddy", "Cable Guy" and "Whipped".

Saving Silverman
Overall
Alright, alright, I do have somewhat of a liking for this film. Dumb and only funny at times, yet "Saving Silverman" was a great flick for me to sit down and not be required to think about anything. I don’t believe every film needs to project some sort of morale or tell me a great story, 'cause this movie lacks morals, and it lacks a great story. However, for a mindless evening of entertainment, check this film out. And hey, I think we all need to subject ourselves to bad films every now and then, it will definitely keep us in check.


Links: