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Waiting for Forever (2010)



Average Rating: 1.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 11

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Who decides what is normal? A unique love story about friendship and a view of the world from different perspectives, WAITING FOR FOREVER explores the connections people make in the face of life's changes. Best friends while they were growing up, Emma (Rachel Bilson) and Will (Tom Sturridge) lost touch a long time ago-as far as she knows. To Will, Emma never stopped being the most important person in his life. Believing them to be forever linked, he goes wherever she goes. Will doesn't have a


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May 3, 2011


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"Waiting for Forever" evidently is an attempt to portray love as purest when expressed by those who are most innocent, untainted by the ugliness of the real world. But it misses the mark completely, coming off instead as creepy.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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A drippy romance that makes Nicholas Sparks look like Leo Tolstoy.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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With "Waiting for Forever," an insipid contemporary fairy tale about a lovestruck young vagabond shadowing a childhood sweetheart he can't bring himself to approach, we get stalking, juggling and cancer. Happy Valentine's Day!

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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More often than not, I felt suffocated by the gaseous sentimentality and lightheadedness of a story that drops in subplots that it can't begin to develop.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Director James Keach's movie is so annoyingly dipsy-doodle that TV veteran Bilson, trying hard to look haunted and angsty, is boxed in.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Waiting for Forever isn't just bad; it's fascinatingly bad.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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It's not a love story. It's a stalker story.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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Oppressively quirky from start to finish...

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A suggestion to screenwriters: Stop telling stalkers that their passion isn't misplaced and that the girl will come around in the end. It is, and she won't.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
Christian Science Monitor

As annoyingly nonsensical as its title, this film makes a would-be compassionate case for-wait for it-stalkers.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A refreshingly pure, honest and original love story.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comments (15)
Boxoffice Magazine

If your idea of a great Valentine's Day is to ring up your secret beloved and breathe heavily into the phone, this is the movie for you.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Movieline

When not indulging in nostalgic flipbook-style flashbacks, director Keach shoots his material with sub-sitcom flatness, and regularly returns to the indie-balladeer well to amplify the mawkishness.

January 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Waiting for Forever was sweet, and nicely done. The premise was a little silly. It was a nice attempt, though.
November 14, 2011

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A Hollywood-set romantic tale of a guy who is content to live his life without a job yet with the love of his life, a young actress.

Decent movie. I really really dislike the main character like he's actually in real life gonna get the girl of his dream, are you serious??? He has a crooked smile,wears pajamas all day outside of his house and talk's like a gay poet, I just think he sucks as an actor, uggh I don't know why I dislike him so much after this movie.On the other hand Rachel Bilson is very cute and not as bad of an actor This movie solely focuses on telling the story and making us like the characters for themselves. I think that is a rare statement made by films today. Nice ending but totally fictional and predictable.

Who decides what is normal? A unique story of love, friendship and a view of the world from different perspectives, WAITING FOR FOREVER explores the connections people make in the face of life's changes. Best friends while they were growing up, Emma (Rachel Bilson) and Will (Tom Sturridge) lost touch a long time ago as far as she knows. To Will, Emma never stopped being the most important person in his life. Believing them to be forever linked, he goes wherever she goes. Will doesn't have a home, a car, or a real job. He survives on his talent as a juggler and entertainer talents honed through years of showing off for Emma. When her father gets sick, Emma returns to their hometown, trying to leave behind her complicated love life and failing career as a TV actress. As its characters face love, death and their own preconceptions, WAITING FOR FOREVER questions the realities of life.
June 30, 2011
Manu Gino

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Cast: Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge, Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner, Matthew Davis, Scott Mechlowicz, Jaime King, Nikki Blonsky, Nelson Franklin

Director: James Keach

Summary: Contentedly jobless, wanderer Will Donner (Tom Sturridge) decides to focus his energies on reconnecting with the girl he loved as a child, Emma Twist (Rachel Bilson) -- who is now a 20-something television actress living in Hollywood -- and spending the rest of his life with her.

My Thoughts: "I absolutely loved this movie. I was, at first, hesitant to see it because all of the mixed reviews it was getting, but I'm glad I gave it a try. The story is like no other love story I have seen. I am not usually one to gush about a romance love story type film. They are (in my opinion) usually so pathetic and predictable. This may be a bit predictable, but it's a complete different story then I have seen in a romantic flick. It's odd, quirky, sad, funny, and moving. Will is in his own world and in a way blocked out reality, but soon it slaps him pretty hard in the face and he can't pretend anymore. When that happened my heart broke for him a little bit. The last thirty minutes is by far the best part of the film. I loved it, and I know not everyone is going to enjoy it. But if your a fan of films that are a little off-beat, like myself, you should enjoy this one."
June 6, 2011

Super Reviewer

Why Rachel Bilson agreed to this film, I will never know. Bordering on melodrama the entire film, there is no part of this film that feels natural. The relationships are forced and changes of heart are glazed over as if changing your negative emotions toward someone were easy. The flip-book style opening credits and accompanying heartfelt song were the best parts of the film, by far.
June 17, 2011

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    1. Will: I'm gonna tel her that I love her. That I've always loved her. That in my dreams, I breathe her in, I inhale her and I feel her right here. Here in the blood in my heart.
    – Submitted by Brendan D (16 months ago)
    1. Will: There's a moment in everybody's life when you're hopeless, just hopeless with hope and trust. And then something happens, something too big to understand, and then everything changes.
    – Submitted by Devenn A (18 months ago)
    1. Will: Bad love letters beg for love back. Good love letters ask for nothing.
    – Submitted by Abir K (19 months ago)
    1. Will: Truth is nothing. What you believe to be true is everything.
    – Submitted by AJ L (23 months ago)
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