Anyone who has seen 2001’s “Saving Silverman” can tell you that this movie is not a masterpiece. They will probably also tell you that despite a good cast that includes Jason Biggs, Steve Zahn, Jack Black and Amanda Peet, this movie is not as good as it could have been.
Well, I disagree. I for one love “Saving Silverman,” but not for the reasons you might expect.
I will admit that “Saving Silverman” is not a movie for everyone. It has its share of of slapstick moments, including one where a character’s nipples get electrocuted. Regardless of the film’s issues, I still like this movie. I like “Saving Silverman,” not because it’s quality, but because I have very fond memories of each time I saw the movie.
The first time I saw “Saving Silverman” was during its opening week in April 2001. My buddy John and I went to the Showcase Cinema is Randolph Ma, and laughed our heads off. Come to think of it, we were the only ones in the theatre laughing at all during the movie. And i know for a fact that I was the only one who laughed when Neil Diamond says “Hey, we’re coming to America!”
Later that year, in October, I took my grandmother to a Neil Diamond concert at the Fleetcenter. At one point during the show, Neil brought up “Saving Silverman,” saying in part that probably only 12 people saw him in that movie. I’d say he was low bawling the figure, but I’m still proud to be one of those 12 people who paid to see the movie on the big screen.
The next time I watched “Saving Silverman” was on New Year’s eve in 2002. That night a bunch of us went to see “Catch me if you Can,” then headed to Laneit’s to hang out before the snow started coming down. While we waited for Dick Clark and the big ball to drop in New York, we watched “Saving Silverman” while eating a ton, and I mean a ton, of Chinese food. It was a simple New Year’s eve, but it was a lot of fun too.
After that, it was a few years before I again watched “Saving Silverman.” This time it was on a Saturday night in late summer 2006. I had just worked a 12 hour shift, but not even exhaustion was going to keep me from hanging out with two of my favorite people: Laneit, and Ali.
The original plan had been to just order take out and hang out, but we somehow ended up watching “Saving Silverman,” and doing whiskey shots, and making each other laugh. Laneit and I even invented a game: try to make Ali laugh so much she snorts. Sound silly I know, but her snorts were kind of adorable.
Anywho, Laneit and I laughed at almost everything in the movie, but to this day I don’t think Ali understands why we liked the movie so much. She laughed once , maybe twice during the whole thing. Even so, this was also a fun night with three friends just hanging out. I miss those days today, and I wish we’d had more nights were it was it just the three of us doing something.
Oh well, I still have the memories. And every time I pop in the “Saving Silverman” dvd, they all come flooding back.