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Overall Rating
2.74

Awesome: 13.24%
Worth A Look: 25%
Average: 20.59%
Pretty Bad: 4.41%
Total Crap36.76%

7 reviews, 26 user ratings


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Waiting...
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by William Goss

"A Dish Best Served Crude"
4 stars

There isn’t much of 'Waiting…' that audiences haven’t seen elsewhere. However, under that burden, first-time writer/director Rob McKittrick manages to polish up a made-to-order film with inspired humor of a both verbal and vulgar nature and exist as a worthwhile entertainment.

Dean (Justin Long) is four years out of high school and still slaving as a server at a chain restaurant called Shenanigans. There, his co-workers include the sardonic Monty (Ryan Reynolds), the sweet Serena (Anna Faris), the sage Bishop (Chi McBride), and the steaming Naomi (Alanna Ubach), among many others. Throughout the dragging day, Dean tries to find some hope for a future career outside of a managerial position underneath the ever-incompetent Dan (David Koechner). The day also includes the training of newbie Mitch (John Francis Daley), who is often interrupted by chefs Raddimus (Luis Guzman) and Floyd (Dane Cook) in their enthusiastic participation in the Game.

Though Clerks, Empire Records, Barbershop, and Office Space seem to have covered the “daily grind” comedic subgenre, Waiting… takes place in the realm of the restaurant, which allows for more inspired incidents to occur. There are many touches that will undoubtedly ring true with employees of food establishments, while those who don’t grasp just enough of the joke to get a kick out of it. It is through the occasional tastelessness that the film adds some flavor. Few sequences seem to be gross-out just to spite the viewer. However, they manage not to be gratuitous gags, and they elicit the sad realization that the tainting of meals and flashing of genitalia were inspired by true events. For the most part, the pacing of laughs is consistent, and misses are few and far-between. The best example seems to be a subplot concerning Calvin (Robert Patrick Benedict) and his reluctance to urinate in pubic restrooms, a thread that is mildly amusing and never really pays off as much as intended.

McKittrick, a veteran waiter, brings capable direction to his own screenplay, which carries a more tangible tone than most other comedies. The ensemble is solid across the board, especially Reynolds as Monty, with the sharp tongue and relentless charisma that has won him so many fans. At the end of the day, anyone looking to enjoy some laughs will leave a satisfied customer. 'Waiting…' manages to elevate itself just enough over all its reheated clichés, even if it’s not always in good taste.

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User Comments

4/06/13 Jeff Wilder Familiar stuff. But entertaining. 3 stars
1/28/11 Brian Contains few jokes that don't feel forced. A pathetic, shameless Clerks rip-off. 2 stars
8/25/10 Bunky Saw it last night - utterly shithouse. Gobsmacked that anyone could give it 4 stars 1 stars
2/16/10 art ONLY WATCH IT IF YOU"RE THAT DESPERATE! 1 stars
1/10/10 Lynn Greeting. The best of us must sometimes eat our words. Help me! Could you help me find site 2 stars
2/22/09 Tony Justin Long's character never had a F@&% you scene. What a waste of potential comedy. 2 stars
4/26/08 L Man It's funny, so who gives a fuck if it isn't original or groundbreaking. 4 stars
2/15/08 matthew A great comedy in the vein of Clerks, I think a sequel is needed 5 stars
7/16/07 Total Crap Funny Ass Movie, man. Saw it on Showtime, look it up. 5 stars
5/03/07 Jefenator Laughed out loud multiple times - rare feat for a comedy, these days. 5 stars
5/02/07 Tracey Chambers laughed my ass off 5 stars
2/09/07 ES A good flick, laughs and a bit of a moral in there as well 4 stars
2/08/07 UGB Crap - waste of time 1 stars
8/05/06 Indrid Cold More consistently funny than Clerks, to which it obviously owes a debt. 5 stars
7/23/06 Joe "Waiting..." has its moments, but the stupid "penis game" gag drags it down. 3 stars
4/22/06 Becky Funny, Ryan Rynolds and Justin Long are great. "Smartest person with down syndrome!" 5 stars
4/09/06 KRIS FUNNY A LITTLE TOO MUCH BUT YES SOME TRUTH I WORKED AT BENNIGANS FOR FIVE YRS THE SAME ONE 4 stars
3/19/06 Eevil Wolfie Sweet Zombie Jesus!!! Thats funny shit. 4 stars
3/04/06 Ariadne Christina Renee Gladstone Fart-joke hater calls this average. Talk about straining gnats&swallowing elephants! 1 stars
3/02/06 Rissa I laughed untill my stomach hurt. It mase sense to any on who has every been treated like 5 stars
2/11/06 Dan Hillarious... anyone who has worked in a restaurant will love this 5 stars
1/25/06 Jenny Tullwartz AF fans in mourning, if you think she's bad in THIS, DON'T see JUST FRIENDS! 1 stars
1/11/06 Another Anna Faris Fan In Mourning Yep Indeed, Anna was more innocent farting in bathtub & shitting in cat litterbox! 1 stars
1/11/06 Anna Faris fan in mourning Anna Faris, so sweet in SCARY MOVIE movies, now made into a total smartass! 1 stars
11/04/05 Waitress Laughed alot. 4 stars
10/09/05 Tiffany Parker Kinda like Empire Records in a restaurant 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  07-Oct-2005 (R)
  DVD: 07-Feb-2006

UK
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Australia
  01-Dec-2005


Directed by
  Rob McKittrick

Written by
  Rob McKittrick

Cast
  Ryan Reynolds
  Anna Faris
  Justin Long
  Luis Guzmán
  David Koechner
  Chi McBride



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