If Mike Tyson owned a restaurant there are good odds he’d have “Slammin” in the title. Such is the case with Michael Clarke Duncan in the role of restaurant owner “The Champ” in The Slammin’ Salmon. The movie is an exaggerated comedy about working in the ungrateful food service industry. The Slammin’ Salmon is a broad comedy with lots of physical (and food) humor brought to you from the creators of Super Troopers and Beerfest.
The cast also includes Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and cameos by Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes, Psych) Morgan Fairchild, Jim Gaffigan, Olivia Munn, Vivica A. Fox, Carla Gallo (Undeclared, Bones, Mad Men) and Will Forte (SNL).
Because The Champ aka “Cleon Slammin’ Salmon” has a gambling debt of $20,000 to pay off, he sets forth a contest where whoever sells the most wins a vacation plus $10,000 cash and last place gets a pair of newly broken ribs.
It’s fun to see what methods the waiters and waitresses take in order to sell things, especially since I want to know how they may be trying to schmooze me. Learning little things about how the behind-the-scenes may work in some places is also an eye-opener. If I send back a desert at a restaurant does that really mean anyone back there can eat it and they will thereby all swoop down upon it like vultures? If they’re pushing a certain food, could it be because it’s going bad? (Totally.)
The thing that relives me the most is that this movie doesn’t focus on the disgusting things waiters do to food like the movie Waiting did. If you ever wanted to hear Mohinder Suresh swear a lot, this is the movie for you. And Smulders character says “legendary”. Do you think Barney Stinson knows?