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Grilled is a 2006 American dark comedy film directed by Jason Ensler and starring Ray Romano and Kevin James. It was released direct-to-video in the United States on July 11, 2006. Maurice (Romano) and Dave (James) are inept door-to-door meat salesmen who need to make a sale to keep their jobs. After several unsuccessful attempts, they meet a potential client who leads the guys into a complicated series of events culminating with an encounter with a Mafia princess and a deadly mobster.
Maurice and Dave try, but fail to sell steaks to people through a mail service. Tired of their incompetence, their boss gives them cards with the names and addresses of their highest buyers, warning that this is their last chance. Dave loses all but one of the cards. It leads to a woman named Loridonna.
Loridonna is on the phone with her friend Suzanne, who has swallowed a fish and needs help. Loridonna tells Suzanne that Dave is a doctor and gives him the phone; while Dave is talking to Suzanne, Loridonna talks seductively about wanting Maurice s meat . Turned on, Maurice tries to seal a deal, but Dave says Suzanne wants to kill herself. They drive Loridonna to Suzanne s house, where they discover that she is an alcoholic whose suicide was a false alarm.
Loridonna and Maurice begin making out, and Suzanne s husband Tony comes home and catches them, but he casually changes clothes while telling Maurice that she was once a man. Suzanne confirms this and tries to explain, but Maurice is too disappointed (and disgusted) to care. Tony then attempts to kill Dave, thinking he tried to seduce Suzanne. After explaining, Dave and Tony become friendly. Tony begins to grill some steaks, then is ambushed, shot, and killed by two hitmen.
Finding some of Tony s guns, Dave and Maurice fight back. The hitmen put them into the trunk of their car and leave them there while attending a party. Maurice manages to get out, then sees Goldbluth, a name from the cards they got from their boss. After freeing Dave, they start describing to party guests the tenderness of their steaks. The hitmen return looking for them. Dave is unable to leave because Goldbluth is rambling on. He signs a contract to buy meat, so they warn Goldbluth that two hitmen are here to kill him. Dave gives Goldbluth the gun Tony had when he was killed.
Maurice and Dave drive off, looking back to see shots fired. Goldbluth comes out without a scratch. Maurice and Dave return to their boss with seven orders and $21,000 up front from Goldbluth.
- Ray Romano as Maurice Schulz
- Kevin James as Dave Langer
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Renee
- Jack Kehler as Dick Abbott
- Jon Polito as Leon Waterman
- Sofia Vergara as Loridonna
- Juliette Lewis as Suzanne
- Jim Doughan as Andy Wilson
- Kim Coates as Tony
- Michael Rapaport as Bobby
- Barry Newman as Boris
- Burt Reynolds as Goldbluth
- Eric Allan Kramer as Irving
Grilled was originally titled Men Don t Quit, and was set for a worldwide theatrical release in 2005. Poor test screenings pushed it back, and the film was only theatrically released in the United Arab Emirates under its new title. The film was released in other territories straight-to-video.
The film only saw a theatrical performance in the United Arab Emirates. In its opening weekend, the film ranked third, grossing $26,012 from 12 theaters with an average of $2,167 per screen. The film dropped to fifth in its sophomore weekend with a decrease of 45.8%, grossing $14,103 from 10 theaters with an average of $1,410 per screen, before being pulled completely from all remaining theaters.
The film received negative reviews from critics. Scott Weinberg of DVDTalk gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, writing, I suppose there s a great comedy to be made on the subject of door-to-door meat salesmen… actually, there probably isn t .
On the North American Region 1 DVD, bonus features include a single deleted scene, a making-of featurette, and a documentary on Romano and James real-life friendship.
|Plot||A couple of incompetent door-to-door meat salesmen have fallen so far behind on their quotas that they are finally issued an ultimatum.|
|Writers||William Tepper, Larry Hankin|
|Stars||Ray Romano, Kevin James, Sofía Vergara|
|Produced by||Cale Boyter, Toby Emmerich, Bradley Jenkel, Magnus Kim, Jon Klane, Rory Rosegarten, Andrew Sugerman, Jeff Sussman, William Tepper|
|Music by||Adam Cohen|
|Cinematography by||Lawrence Sher|
|Film Editing by||Narumi Inatsugu, Chris Peppe|
|Casting By||Mark Bennett|
|Production Design by||Tracey Gallacher|
|Art Direction by||Victoria Ruskin|
|Set Decoration by||Elizabeth Keenan|
|Costume Design by||Hope Hanafin|
|Makeup Department||Corina C. Duran-Rabichuk, Susan Mills, Ned Neidhardt, Heather Plott, Terrie Velazquez Owen|
|Production Management||Cathy Mickel Gibson|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||Susan J. Hellmann, Albert M. Shapiro, Mark Trapenberg|
|Art Department||Michael Buha, Robert J. Carlyle, Scott Edward Collins, Steven E. Eyrse, Rina Gardener, Jonathan R. Hodges, Sandy Hubshman, Riley Sean Jones, Schelley Kiah, Steven Light-Orr, Christian Lopez, Christopher Neely, Keith Sale, Kelly Schultz, Gary Stel, Joel Venti, Teresa Raschilla|
|Sound Department||Michael Broomberg, Victor Ray Ennis, Marc Fishman, Paul Flinchbaugh, Detlef Halaski, Michael Hertlein, Daniel S. Irwin, Robert Jackson, Adam Jenkins, Kenneth L. Johnson, Randy Kelley, Paul Longstaffe, Glenn T. Morgan, Ryan Murphy, Peggy Names, Lucy Sustar, Edward Tise, David Young|
|Special Effects by||Ron Trost|
|Stunts||Alex Daniels, Steve Hart, Ian Quinn, Pat Romano, Bryon Weiss|
|Camera and Electrical Department||Andrew Bikichky, Frank Boone, Glenn Cannon, Steve Charnow, Julie Donovan, Eric Fletcher, Bryan G. Haigh, David Irwin, Jordan Lapsansky, Tommy Lohmann, Byron Shah, Jesse Olivares|
|Casting Department||Judy Cook|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Jason M. Moore, Carlane Passman, Katie Saunders, Marielle Tepper, Dana R. Woods|
|Editorial Department||Amy Flint Catherwood, Michael Hatzer, Erin Michelle Hopkins, Michael Struk|
|Location Management||Ernest Belding, Michael Soleau|
|Music Department||Jessica Dolinger, Jen Monnar, Michael Aarvold, Dan Wallin|
|Script and Continuity Department||Valeria Migliassi Collins|
|Transportation Department||Alan Kaminsky, Hugh Kelly, Wild Bill Laczko, Margo McKay, Shaun Ryan|
|Additional Crew||Cassandra Barbour, Dana Belcastro, Richard Bellos, Raymond Bulinski, Katie Eastridge, Joan Eisenberg, Nicole Ettinger, Jeff Gross, Stephen Gurley, George Tyler Hansen, Celeste Healy, Harrison Held, Marike Jainchill, Michael Judd, John LaBrucherie, Jason Laricchia, Kendra May, Lori Morris, Monica Muehlhause-Horn, Laura Sevier, Matt G. Sheets, Joe Steele, Scott L. Treger, Stephanie Wescott, Christine Wilcock, Kevin Zelman, Ronald C. Briggs Jr., Todd Quillen|
|Companies||Avery Pix, The Jon Klane Company|