What You Need To Know:
Rated R, WAITING is an affectionate, sometimes hilarious, ode to restaurant workers. Regrettably, the movie is filled with strong foul language, many sexual references, laughs about taking drugs and being stoned all the time, and a shot of full male nudity. These elements are, of course, offensive and excessive, but what makes them truly abhorrent is the attitude that all these things are just spirited youthful hijinks.
(PaPaPa, Ho, LLL, V, SSS, NNN, AA, DDD, MM) Very strong pagan worldview, with some homosexual references; at least 231 obscenities, 14 strong profanities, eight light profanities, scenes and references to urinating and not being able to urinate, and restaurant workers spit, blow snot, etc., on food of complaining and annoying customer; some comical violence such as kicking other men in the pants and calling them an epithet for homosexuals; many sexual references, including crude ones, such as depicted fornication, implied fornication, references to oral sex, references to size of male organs, men play exhibitionism game, adult male flirts with underage girls, and some homosexual references; full male nudity in one shot when man exposes his sex organ to others, upper male nudity and implied nudity of couple in bed; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking, marijuana use and two busboys are stoned most of the time and get high off aerosol can; and, jealousy, laziness, girl who's angry most of the time gets uncontrollable a couple times, and disrespect for authority.
WAITING. . . is an uneven, low-budget comedy about young adults waiting tables at a chain restaurant and bar. There is great comic potential in such a story, but WAITING often takes the moral low road.
Justin Long of HERBIE FULLY LOADED stars as Dean, who is four years out of high school and still just a waiter at Shenanigan’s, a generic chain restaurant similar to Bennigan’s or TGI Fridays. Dean learns, however, that Chet, a high school classmate, has just started a lucrative career in electrical engineering. Dean’s goof-off friend, Monty, is in exactly the same boat, but he couldn’t care less. Monty’s more concerned with partying, sex and flirting with underage girls.
Their boss, Dan, puts Monty in charge of training Mitch, a shy new employee. Over the course of one shift, Mitch gets to know the rest of the staff, including Monty’s tough-talking ex-girlfriend, Serena, two stoned busboys, and the head cook, Raddimus. Mitch learns that Monty and Raddimus are obsessed with a staff-wide competition known only as The Game, which involves sexual humiliation of the males on the staff.
Dean has a decision to make when his serious, over-zealous boss offers him the job of Assistant Manager. Taking the job, however, may peg Dean as a restaurant geek forever. On the other hand, Dean has absolutely no prospects for anything else.
WAITING is an affectionate, sometimes hilarious ode to the restaurant people who serve we the people whenever we eat out. Regrettably, the movie is filled with strong foul language, many sexual references, laughs about taking drugs, and a shot of full male nudity. These elements are, of course, offensive and excessive, but what makes them truly abhorrent is the movie’s attitude that all these things are just spirited youthful hijinks.