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Waiting (2005)



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

Movie Info

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 rest of Shenanigan's quirky staff: Monty's tough-talking ex-girlfriend, Serena, Shenanigan's over-zealous manager, Dan, and head cook Raddimus, who's obsessed with a senseless staff-wide competition known only as "The Game".more
Rating: R (for strong crude and sexual humor, pervasive language and some drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Rob McKittrick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 7, 2006
Box Office: $16.1M
Lions Gate - Official Site


Anna Faris
as Serena
Luis Guzman
as Raddimus
Max Kasch
as T-Dog
Dane Cook
as Floyd
Jordan Ladd
as Danielle
Wendie Malick
as Monty's Mom
Monica Monica
as Dean's Mom
JD Evermoore
as Redneck
Clay Chamberlain
as Video Host
Skyler Stone
as Cook No. 1
Melissa Morgan
as Bitchy Lady
Don Brady
as Old Man
Anne Ewen
as Girl at Bar
Jordan Werner
as Smooth Guy No. 1
Skylar Duhe
as Girly No. 1
Ann Marie Guidry
as Dessert Woman
Lauren Swinney
as Elderly Woman
Richard Netzberger
as German No. 1
Ann Guidry
as Dessert Woman
Roland W. Hoffman
as German No. 2
Melissa Alonzo
as Stunt Bush
Todd Voltz
as Background Cook
Rob Wagner
as Background Cook
as Background Cook
Shedric Hunter
as Background Cook
Daniel Matt
as Background Cook
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News & Interviews for Waiting

Critic Reviews for Waiting

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (32)

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.

Full Review… | October 12, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

You can do gross-out stuff and be funny, but it has to have some decent dialogue and characters.

Full Review… | October 11, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

...a spare premise that's utilized to surprisingly positive effect...

Full Review… | March 19, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

An undercooked, overdone raunchy comedy.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009

Audience Reviews for Waiting


A funny comedy and Ryan Reynolds continues to impress me in parts here and there. Luis Guzman as Raddimus is great!!

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


"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!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Waiting Quotes

Raddimus: You can't be mixing Mexican and Continental.
– Submitted by Jacob H (3 years ago)
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 (4 years ago)
Calvin: Take a look at the bat wing, Bitch.
Raddimus: Oh, it's so veiny.
– Submitted by Francis L (4 years ago)
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 (4 years ago)

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