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Saving Silverman

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Overall: D
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: D
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 92
Theater Release: 12 Feb 2001
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Saving Silverman - Official site When Darren Silverman (Jason Biggs) begins devoting his life to Judith (Amanda Peet), his two buddies Wayne (Steve Zahn) and J.D. (Jack Black) bemoan the fact that their fun has dropped to an all-time low. For many years, Wayne and J.D. have used the more socially capable Darren as a chick magnet, without whom they would have no hope of attracting girls. Now Darren's incredibly controlling girlfriend is ruining their lives.

Saving Silverman - Official site But their attempts to interfere with the relationship only lead Judith to demand that Darren abandon his friends. So Wayne and J.D. decide to kidnap her and find Darren a replacement girl--cute blonde Sandy (Amanda Detmer), one of Darren's former high school flames. Forgetting that Judith is a psychologist with kick boxing experience, capable of putting up a good fight both mentally and physically, the twosome have not reckoned with the challenge of keeping her locked in their basement prison.

No doubt teens will be lured by star Jason Biggs, who was launched into big box office grosses (in more ways than one) after appearing in the R-rated adolescent sex comedy American Pie . Playing the chief masturbator in that film, the Silverman script again provides Biggs and his male cohorts with many situations involving solitary sex and other hetero- and homosexual activities. These scenes include partial male nudity and female near-nudity as the three main men try to find sexual gratification any way they can.

Saving Silverman - Official site Judith's feisty character presents opportunities for violence, often between men and women. (She is able to toss the Meaty J.D. out a window, for instance.) Such confrontations come into play frequently, with many punches, electric shocks, and three non-explicit deaths--all played for laughs.

Directed by Dennis Dugan, Saving Silverman's often rude and crass content follows in the footsteps of his other films: Adam Sandler's Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore. Parents who have teens wanting to run out and view this "comedy" may want to coolly suggest that they, "Save their silver, man."

Saving Silverman is rated PG-13:

Cast: Jason Biggs, Amanda Peet
Studio: 2001 Columbia Pictures

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