New York Times - 02/09/2001
"...[Black and Zahn] convey a goofy sincerity, especially when performing in their Neil Diamond tribute band..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/09/2001
"...The shenanigans are nonstop....[Detmer] is delectably dizzy..."
Darren Silverman (Jason Biggs, AMERICAN PIE) and his pals Wayne (Steve Zahn) and J.D. (Jack Black) are close friends since high school who perform together in a Neil Diamond cover band. Enter Darren's shrewd psychologist bride-to-be Judith (Amanda Peet, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS), who constantly schemes to keep Darren from hanging out with his old slacker buddies. Anxious to hold onto their right to spend time with Darren, Wayne and J.D. decide that they must stop at nothing to prevent the wedding from taking place and reunite Darren with his first love--who is about to become a nun! Dennis Dugan's (HAPPY GILMORE) comedy attempts to harness the white-hot comedic talents of Zahn and Black, throwing in an inspirational appearance from Neil Diamond himself, to tell a hilarious tale of undying friendship.
Description by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
2 Best Friends + 1 Girlfriend = WAR! Darren Silverman (Jason Biggs), Wayne Lefessier (Steve Zahn) and J.D. McNugent (Jack Black) have been best friends since the fifth grade. Enter Judith (Amanda Peet), a cold-hearted beauty who digs her claws into sweet-natured Darren. She snatches him from his friends and even breaks up their cover band. J.D. and Wayne try every imaginable scheme to save Darren- and their friendship - but fail miserably. When they find out Darren has been brainwashed into marrying Judith, the dim-witted duo decide to kidnap her and reunite Darren with his long-lost love, before she becomes a nun!
SAVING SILVERMAN is Neil Diamond's second fiction feature-film screen appearance; he starred in the 1980 remake of THE JAZZ SINGER. SAVING SILVERMAN director Dennis Dugan told the New York Times, "Neil's first fear was that we were going to make fun of him....Slowly but surely, though, once he was involved in the work process, he got on board. And when he finally got up there, he just had the time of his life.."
The cast rehearsed for one week in Los Angeles and one week in Vancouver before shooting began.
Director Dennis Dugan makes a cameo as the referee. He wrote in his diary, "The apparatus for the spear in my chest was so tight I think I cracked a rib. I am sticking to directing." The next day he wrote, "My ribs still hurt. I'd sue who is responsible, but that's me."
Dugan told the Movies magazine, "When you get a theater full of people cracking up, who cares about the Oscars' You think the movie up, cast it, direct it and edit it, and from that you get a whole group of people enjoying themselves--there's nothing better."