Saving Silverman

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

Likable Darren Silverman (Jason Biggs) and his two best friends, Wayne (Steve Zahn) and sloppy, crude J.D. (Jack Black ) have their own musical group, "Diamonds in the Rough," reflecting their obsession with Neil Diamond. One night, in a bar, Darren meets Judith (Amanda Peet), a beautiful psychologist with a really mean streak. She soon controls mild-mannered Darren, forbidding him to see J.D. and Wayne. The two outcasts then devise an outrageous plan to break up the mismatched lovers. Neil Diamond plays himself in a few scenes, and his music is the only unpolluted fleck in this cesspool of a movie. A mean-spirited comedy targeted at immature teenagers who giggle at crude bathroom humor, SAVING SILVERMAN may earn respectable box office returns opening weekend, but, hopefully, will quickly fade into oblivion.

The three guys idolize a former highschool football coach (R. Lee Ermey) convicted of killing a referee during a game. From jail, the coach counsels Wayne and J.D. on how to kill Judith. But Judith outsmarts and overpowers them with karate kicks before seducing Wayne. Many vicious fights, kicks to stomach and groin, crashes through glass windows and doors and electrical shocks never stop. Disgusting bathroom humor includes the coach squatting in Wayne's front yard when told there's no bathroom in the house. J.D. describes in crude terms going to his high school prom with a tuxedo painted on his nude body. And Waynes contorted naked body is shown from the side as he practices yoga in the nude. Judith tells Darren she doesn't believe in premarital sex, then performs an unconventional sex act. Shes often shown in blouses open to the waist that barely cover her breasts. When her groom stops the wedding, Judith turns to best man Wayne, throws him on the ground, hitting and kicking him, until the two collapse into an animal-like groping session in the aisle. Added to numerous crude sexual comments are 18 obscenities and 13 profanities. SAVING SILVERMAN can't be salvaged.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (21) times - Mild 6, moderate 15

Obscene Language: Many (18) times - S-word 8, other 10

Profanity: Many (13) times - Regular 6 (G 3, GD 3); Exclamatory 7 (OMG 7)

Violence: Continuous Moderate, most slapstick (school children fight, raccoon attacks man, man's head held in toilet, woman chained in garage, martial arts kicks to stomach/ groin, coach kills referee, coach advises men to kill woman, men thrown through windows/ doors/ land on car, electrical shocks, truck driven through wall, man jumps out of moving car/ run over)

Sex: Implied once - no nudity (unconventional sex)

Nudity: Few times (rear male nudity); Near Nudity: Several times (woman wears blouses open to waist, prostitutes in revealing, brief outfits)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (crude references to male genitals, sex acts, description of man going to prom nude; coach tells players to drink hard liquor to numb sexual urges)

Drugs: Alcohol drinking

Other: Crude bathroom humor; coach uses yard as bathroom; nuns portrayed disrespectfully

Running Time: 91 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and young adults

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