I hate to say it, but this movie hit at home. No, I have never encountered two good friends who have kidnapped my girlfriend, and I am not whipped, but I do have a friend who has barely been seen for the last year because of a new girlfriend. In fact, another friend and I joked about Saving Silverman before we even saw it.
So is it any good? That is the question that every reviewer must answer. I think it is pretty safe to say that Saving Silverman is a movie that has a lot of potential but is one that doesn't use it to its full advantage. We have four potentially great characters played by four actors who know what they are doing: Biggs plays the weak-minded friend that needs to be saved; Peet the bitchy fiancée who knows she is as controlling as sin; and Zahn and Black who play two idiots that have it in the heart to save their friend.
I have heard some comments that suggest that if the movie had focused more (or solely) on the battle between Peet and Zahn and Black, Saving Silverman would be much better. Those scenes are by far the best already, and they probably could be improved upon. However, what Saving Silverman really needs is more depth all around, as none of the characters really have any. Zahn is the most likeable character, but the movie never plays upon the fact that he might be a genius trapped in an idiot's body. Black is your typical screwball, but no background or emotion is built up for him. Peet, who starred in Whipped (coincidentally or not?), isn't supposed to attract any good feelings, but there is still something missing from her. And as for Biggs, who has shown that he knows comical timing in American Pie, has the weakest character of all; we see a surface being that has nothing that is significant to see on screen.
Still, as is, Saving Silverman is remotely comical and modestly entertaining. Zahn and Black are the funniest characters in the movie, even though they seem like supporting characters considered this movie was advertised as a Jason Biggs movie. That doesn't help. At times, the movie might rely a little too heavily on slapstick high jinks to get itself out of sticky situations, and it really doesn't make any new ground where it possibly could.
Saving Silverman is on the edge of being something, but it doesn't quite make it there. What is left is a film that seems rushed and not completely chiseled out, but one that still makes for a decent hour and a half of sitting in front of the television.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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