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Waiting (2005)

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31

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 62

Waiting... is a gross-out comedy that is more gross than comic.

28

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 21

Waiting... is a gross-out comedy that is more gross than comic.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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A waiter for four years since high school, Dean has never questioned his job at Shenanigan's. But when he learns that Chett, a high school classmate, now has a lucrative career in electrical engineering, he's thrown into turmoil about his dead-end life. Dean's friend Monty is in exactly the same boat, but he couldn't care less. More concerned with partying and getting laid, Monty is put in charge of training Mitch, a shy new employee. Over the course of one chaotic shift, Mitch gets to know the

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Rob McKittrick

Feb 7, 2006

$16.1M

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The funniest scene is also the saddest: The kitchen crew, having cleaned up, watching the clock like New Year's, goes nuts when a couple is seated a minute before closing. This is pain.

October 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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You can do gross-out stuff and be funny, but it has to have some decent dialogue and characters.

October 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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As in waiting for it to be over.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comment (1)
USA Today
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A puerile excuse for humour, perfectly described by one of the characters, in a rare moment of insight, as 'an exercise in retarded homophobic futility.'

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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McKittrick's relentless vulgarity is wearing, but he's a strong visualist who keeps his shoestring-budget film looking fresh.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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This movie's two goals are to be over-the-top funny and remind audience members what it feels like to be in your early 20s without a plan, and it's a complete success in both areas.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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...a spare premise that's utilized to surprisingly positive effect...

March 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

An undercooked, overdone raunchy comedy.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It made me laugh. Out loud, a lot, and wildly, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Luis Guzman is especially funny as a sex-crazed head cook obsessed with a staff game that becomes a centerpiece of the film's humor.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Some jokes hit their mark, but mostly in "Waiting%u2026," what you're really waiting for is inspiration.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Comment (1)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

You'd have more fun actually working in a restaurant. Probably.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)
ViewLondon

For what's essentially a raucous, gross-out comedy, this is a surprisingly tame film.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Despite its flaws, it really is a funny, witty, and suprisingly charming slob comedy

March 27, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

McKittrick neglects to realize that his target audience (males, ages 18-25) presumably aren't interested in seeing or hearing about the male genitalia at any time...

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com | Comment (1)

We have to watch [the cast] struggle and squirm just to make each scene not as horrible as the last.

January 30, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Subplots include a running gag where the guys all compete at flashing their dicks. You know it's a 21st century movie because the characters are self-conscious about their sexism and homophobia.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A silly, awkward, but sometimes very funny movie.

November 10, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

An ugly-looking movie with even uglier attempts at humor.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Frequently offensive and doggedly disgusting.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The only things you'll find on the menu are rancid leftovers.

October 13, 2005 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Ew. "Waiting" longs to shock its audience. And does.

October 13, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

If this movie had a brain, it would take it out and scribble graffiti of the 'for a good time call...' variety on it.

October 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Rob McKittrick's debut is most successful at its simplest - unflinching in the way a lot of 20somethings talk and act in the company of friends.

October 11, 2005 Full Review

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"Waiting" has got to be one of the lamest excuses for a film in the history of comedy. The entire movie takes place in a restaurant called Shenanigans, and while Dean (Justin Long) is likeable as the lead star and his story, interesting, the film has no real plot. The script is a bunch of random conversations about sex, drugs and work, and the jokes are never funny. I needed to force myself to find once laugh throughout this film. The main story is that Dean is deciding to enrol in school to become something better, and the end shows that, even though it's dull and the way it is executed is dumb. This film tries way too hard to be funny and much too hard to gross you out. I could not wait for this film to end, no pun intended. Everything about this comedy is uninspired and completely contradicts the genre in my opinion. "Waiting" is far worse than just a waste of time. There is absolutely no reason for why it was made!
February 11, 2012
KJ Proulx

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"What happens in the kitchen ends up on the plate."

Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics.

REVIEW
Waiting couches its tale of debauchery with the narrative thread that it's the first day for new trainee Mitch (John Francis Daley), who never gets to say a word the whole day because people are too busy commenting on the place to allow him to speak. We see that almost every employee pretty much hates the restaurant (which felt very realistic to me, especially for a gross comedy), yet they revel in one another's company even while attempting to set one another up. For most of the guys, this revolves around a game where you try to trick the other males in the restaurant into looking at your exposed genitalia. This sounds particularly juvenile and gross, and yet writer/director Rob McKittrick manages to get a number of genuine belly laughs out of such an absurd and grotesque game. It helps that Guzman, Reynolds, and the rest of the boys in the kitchen play their roles with such gusto, as if it really were the most important thing in their day to expose themselves to the others (and with this crew, it actually is).

There are a lot of gross gags in this film (one was so bad I actually gagged watching it), so be warned, and the humor is exceedingly blue. But the movie is surprisingly sharp and funny, and there's a joke at the end which is hilarious; it's been building for the whole film and yet you never realize it until it's revealed. Waiting is far from a perfect film - it runs a little too long, and some of the characters at times veer into cartoon territory, but it's also a very funny movie with more than a few running threads that pay off several times. It's certainly worth a viewing if you can stand the ribald subject matter.
December 8, 2011
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    1. Raddimus: You can't be mixing Mexican and Continental.
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    1. Raddimus: And that's the Abraham Lincoln, but remember, you gotta shave it so it looks like his beard, otherwise, it don't count.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Calvin: Take a look at the bat wing, Bitch.
    2. Raddimus: Oh, it's so veiny.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Monty: You know, we should probably feel guilty, but she broke the cardinal rule. Don't fuck with people that handle your food.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Dan: We need to seize the day. Be enthusiastic.
    2. Floyd: [enthusiastically] Yeah! Carpe deez nuts! God I can't wait to quit this job!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Bishop: So, when things in your life become stagnant - you know, you're no longer happy with what you're doing - then you figure out what's important to you. Then create your own penis-showing game.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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