Saving Silverman (2001)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Buddy Film, Gross-Out Comedy  |   Release Date - Feb 9, 2001 (USA), Feb 9, 2001 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Australia , United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Egregiously stupid and alarmingly misogynistic, the best thing that can be said about Saving Silverman is that it is an utter waste of a single talented performer. After career-making supporting roles in the television series Mr. Show and Tenacious D, as well as the film High Fidelity (2000), comic actor Jack Black suffers under the weight of an underdeveloped role that allows him only the barest elbow room to infuse his character with manic business. Among the numerous, insulting conceits contained in this "comedy" from director Dennis Dugan: Black and costar Steve Zahn as contemporaries of the title character played by Jason Biggs, who is clearly about ten years younger than his co-stars; a trio of Gen-X slackers who are inexplicably into Neil Diamond (who plays himself in a cameo); and Amanda Peet making one bad, woman-hating picture after another. While the film does contain a few chuckle-inducing pratfalls, Silverman simply can't be saved; it's dead on arrival.