Release Date: October 7th, 2005 by Lions Gate Films.
The Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Justin Long, David Koechner, Luis Guzmán, Chi McBride, John Francis Daley.
Directed by Rob McKittrick.
BASIC PREMISE: Monty (Reynolds) shows a new waiter (Daley) what working at Shenanigan’s is really like behind the scenes.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: If you’re a fan of gross-out humor, then this film will surely entertain you. There is very little character and plot development. The so-called plot is basically like a series of comedy skits that try to make you laugh in any crazy possible way. Other than the new waiter, each worker is perverse in his or her own way. For example, the manager (Koechner) is not afraid to flirt with a hot 17 year-old seating hostess. Either he is oblivious to how lazy and unprofessional his cooks are or he just doesn’t care. A particularly shocking scene is when one of the chefs (Guzmán) explains to the new waiter about a game that the workers play where he has to show his private parts, make them unintentionally look at it, called them a “fag”, and kick them in the rear end. The chef’s explanation goes on forever with plenty of funny visual demonstrations without actually showing his private parts. There’s a subplot about a waiter (Long) who is offered a promotion as assistant manager, but it is barely explored. What is mostly explored, though, is how the workers pull off pranks to their annoying customers. It is very frightening to watch how they re-do an order just by adding a few “secret” ingredients. There are some jokes that don’t work because they are quite old, like about the “5 second rule” with dropped food. The acting is mediocre at best, but the cast is consistently off-beat and energetic enough to make this film a guilty pleasure.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: The only message to take away is that you should think twice before you piss off the individual who is handling your food. Fortunately, this film is not based on a true story.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Minimal plot and character development.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 1
THE BOTTOM LINE: “Waiting…” is one of the most gross-out comedies of the year! If you liked The Aristocrats, you will love "Waiting..."! There are plenty of inappropriate, offensive jokes to spare for everyone. It's pure, mindless fun. If only it had a plot and a brain, but that would be too much to ask for.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: True fans of gross-out humor- Movie Theater (1st) Everybody else- VHS/DVD
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