Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics.
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.
I mean there isnt much to the storyline but with a great cast it truly is funny!
I think everyone watching this movie would want to work in a place like this and play that 'fag' game!
Now about the story, I felt it was based on reality (though I don't have any experience or know anyone who worked in a restaurant). But it looked real and convincing. And I think there were some funny scenes that I laughed and enjoyed.
Toilet humor at its best, Waiting is an ultimate guilty pleasure. In order to fully appreciate this film, a history of working in a restaurant is recommended. Waiting is about a group of college-aged kids who work at a local restaurant. They delay their future by waiting tables and partying all night.
This film NAILS it! Everything about it is 100% accurate. The relationships that are formed with co-workers, to the anal boss, to the obnoxious customers, to the stoner dish monkeys... it's all authentic.
For me, Waiting serves as a documentary. All new friends I meet through my work who haven't seen it are invited over for a viewing.
Despite my personal relation to the film, it's also hilarious. With an ensemble comedic cast that includes Ryan Reynolds, Dane Cook, Anna Farris, Justin Long, Luis Guzman, David Koechner, and Andy Milonakis, this film is guaranteed to crack you up. Also, lesser-known Alanna Ubach gave the funniest performance as the foul-mouthed, short-tempered waitress Naomi.
If you work in a restaurant, or have ever waited tables, then you MUST watch Waiting... hell, EVERYONE should watch this so you can see how to act properly in a restaurant. Don't fuck with people who handle your food. It's so unnecessary to be an ass. I have seen much worse done to rude customers than they do in this film.
Be nice. It's contagious.
And for cris sakes, if you can't afford at least a 15% tip minimum, then don't eat at a restaurant where some unfortunate soul is going to be forced to wait after your cheap ass. Ok?
Sorry. I'm done ranting now.
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