Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justin Long, Anna Faris,
David Koechner, Luis Guzmán, Chi McBride, John Francis
Daley, Wendie Malick, Catherine Doubleday, Robert Patrick Benedict,
Alanna Ubach, Vanessa Lengies, Max Kasch, Andy Milonakis, Dane
Cook, Jordan Ladd, Emmanuelle Chriqui
If this film was a Hollywood pitch and you were speaking with a
high-powered studio executive, one could easily synopsize the new
low-brow comedy Waiting… in one phrase more or less—Van
Wilder in Bennigan’s. Waiting… provides
a look at 24 hours of the average day for the waitstaff at Shenanigan’s—from
the dead early hours, to the dinner rush, to the scandalous parties
Dean (Long) is drifting through life. He’s
been a waiter at Shenanigan’s since he graduated high school,
and lacks ambition to do otherwise. However, today is a little different
as the realization dawns on Dean that if he doesn’t move soon,
he might accept the new assistant manager position and end up working
at Shenanigan’s for the rest of his life, like his idiotic
boss, Dan (Koechner). Dean’s buddy Monty
(Reynolds) remains content with his current lot
in life, playing the staff genital-flashing game and picking up
and sleeping with minors. Unfortunately for a non-fan of “Two
Guys, A Girl, And A Pizza Place” and Van Wilder, Waiting…
is saturated with Reynolds and his usual, tired one-note character.
But I’m happy to say that Anna Faris’s
typical character of “air-headed slut” seems to have
grown somewhat; here, portraying the waitress Serena, she’s
The cast is rounded out by a lot of other actors you might know
from TV, video games, “Beakman’s World,” or elsewhere.
Raddimus (Guzman) is the chef and pioneer of said
genital-flashing competition. Guzman is excellent as usual, and
I enjoyed watching the character enjoy public intercourse with his
bartender girlfriend. Bishop is the wise dishwasher
whom everyone goes to for counseling and advice. Naomi (Ubach)
has some obvious anger issues as well as an unhealthy addiction
to curse words. Avert your eyes when Naomi reveals her dark secret.
I think you’ll know when. Calvin (Benedict)
is a wishy-washy and gullible personality, always eager to please
a waitress who has no romantic interest in him and his shy bladder.
There’s also the lesbian bartender, Tyla (Chriqui),
intelligent enough to realize the power of her position and take
advantage of it by picking up chicks. Man-boy Andy Milonakis,
is there as one half of a free-styling, foul-mouthed busboy
I will say the group, despite a few clunkers here and there, gives
a somewhat strong performance. Even quiet and meek trainee, Mitch
(Daley), has a great moment late in the film.
Waiting… doesn’t have a bad message. It’s
prevalent even with all the utter filth and vulgarity. There just
is not much else aside from the filth and vulgarity, and the flick
is nothing but an endless factory of one dirty gag after another.
I sense that the story writer-director McKittrick
is telling is a personal one—along with the feeling of indecision
young people might have in their late teens and early twenties—that
they might not be ready to move on or grow up, or not sure what
they want or can do.
The main feeling one should attain after witnessing the kitchen
and restaurant hi-jinks of Waiting… is probably that
of inspiration to get your groceries at the local Central Market
instead of eating out.
—Jeffrey “The Vile One” Harris
Take a pal and pay full price for both tickets.
Itís worth a full-price ticket.
Itís worth a matinee ticket.
Wait for video rental.
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