The Waiting Game (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Waiting Game (1999)





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What does a tortured artist, femme fatale, ego-maniac, gay dancer, wanna-be supermodel, and an impotent bus boy have in common? They all work together. This ensemble comedy love story chronicles the adventures and misadventures of a group of aspiring performers who wait tables at a New York City eatery called "Peter's Backyard." While the restaurant is a place of business, it's also a forum for everyone to work out the issues of life as they know it, or think they know it. Pitted against the New York culture jungle, Lenny, Andi, Joe, Derek, Shannon, and Dan serve up a prie fixe of artistic trauma, comedic insanity and thespian lust. We follow these characters as they struggle to keep their delicately balanced lives from coming unglued, in the urban warfare of the survival of the artist.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Absolute Films Inc.


Will Arnett
as Lenny
Debbon Ayer
as Merris
Taylor Stanley
as Shannon
Capt. Donald Williams
as Nick the Cook
Alice Spivak
as Customer from Hell
Howard Spiegel
as L.A. Director
Amy Marcs
as Casting Director
Leslie Lyles
as Therapist
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Critic Reviews for The Waiting Game

All Critics (4)

Despite first-rate acting, these stories are pretty ordinary stuff and tell us little about the actor-waiter's ordeal that's supposed to be the heart of the film.

Full Review… | February 26, 2002

The kind of film that works better on the small screen than in theatres.

July 24, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Waiting Game


The Waiting Game is a film that lacks laughter, and over all quality. The film has a nice premier but falls flat.

Samuel Gallentine
Samuel Gallentine

This was almost certainly done by a writer/director who had a great deal of love for Woody Allen. His influence is everywhere - in the familiar New York City sidewalk shots, in the witty dialogue about sexual games, in the dramatic situations constantly leading to infidelity...But this man is far inferior to Allen. He doesn't have a sense of character or intelligent dialogue, and the soundtrack he chose for this is beyond terrible. Will Arnett is the only decent actor in this sad attempt at an Allenesque drama. It could have been so much better, but it never took off. Wasted potential.

Hannah Megill
Hannah Megill

Even Will Arnett fans will find this tedious. The novelty of seeing him as a semi-serious leading man wears off in the first 20 minutes.

Betsy Hobbs
Betsy Hobbs

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