The Waiting Room Reviews
The uncaring, cheating husband character is NOT a psychotherapist...he is actually unemployed, is a "house husband," and has been offered a job that he does not want. The psychotherapist is a visitor to their home for one evening, who is being "set up" as the date for the single woman who is having the affair with the husband.
Colleen obviously did not enjoy the film, but I am wondering if her confusion about just who is who in the darn thing in a small way contributed to her negative reactions. I found it charming and quite realistic, and was not bothered at all by the slow movement of the script, which calls for the viewer to pay attention to the subtle changes that make all of these characters more human, and more sympathetic, by film's end.
The dull script revolves around a married couple - with the husband committing adultery with the next door neighbor - and that next door neighbor living with a commitment phobic boyfriend who does not want to marry her, nor have kids with her. To make matters even more pathetic - the husband who is committing adultery with the next door neighbor is a psychotherapist. He brags he earns 50 British pounds per hour (approx. $120 US dollars an hour) - but his OWN personal life is completely screwed up - he cheats on his wife - he is an indifferent, disengaged father....when his own child is crying in the night - wailing for help - the father refuses to go help his child - the father sits and reads a book - and ignores his crying child - and THIS is a person who charges $120 dollars an hour as a pscychotherapist who tells people how to fix their personal problems? Pathetic.
To make matters even worse - the adulterous, cheating husband actually has the nerve to invite his next door mistress over to dinner and have the unsuspecting wife prepare a dinner party for his next door neighbor mistress. Appalling!
The husband has no charm, totally self absorbed - it was hard for me to understand what all these women even see in this guy. I have always been an admirer of Rupert Graves acting - he's a terrific actor - totally wasted in a weak script.
To sum it up - this film is a snooze-fest - just a British soap opera which was made for British television Channel 4.
This film is certainly not the worst movie ever made - just plodding, dull script without character development. Too bad so many excellent actors were wasted on this snooze-fest. I would grade this film with a very weak C minus.
Duff is a great actress deserving of bigger things.