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Waiting... (2005)

R | | Comedy | 7 October 2005 (USA)
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Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Calvin (as Robert Patrick Benedict)


It's the dinner shift at Shenanigan's. Dan, the clueless boss, assigns Mitch, 22, a trainee, to Monty, the smooth talker who chases girls for one-night stands. Dean, a waiter, also 22, feels that life is passing him by. Dan offers him the assistant manager job and gives him until midnight to decide. Other waiters, cooks, and bus boys have their issues and personalities. Bishop, the dishwasher, is their counselor. During this shift, Monty may learn something, Dean makes his decision, Dan makes a play for the not-yet-18 hostess, customers get their comeuppance, the guys all play the in-house homophobic flashing game, the gals demonstrate why they won't, and Mitch gets the last word. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude and sexual humor, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eat This  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,021,106 (USA) (7 October 2005)


$16,101,109 (USA) (11 November 2005)

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Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The ShenaniganZ restaurant was actually a converted Bennigan's restaurant (hence the extreme similarities). It has since been completely renovated and is now a Verizon Wireless retail store. (2009) See more »


Before Naomi pulls up her skirt, you see a for a second that she really has underwear on. See more »


Monty: [to new trainee Mitch] But, um, if you wanna work here,
[looks around]
Monty: in this restaurant,
[continues looking]
Monty: I really think that you need to asky yourself one simple question.
Monty: How do you feel about frontal male nudity?
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Crazy Credits

Credits include a music video starring Andy Milonakis and Max Kasch. See more »


References Yo! MTV Raps (1988) See more »


More Than Meets the Ear
Written by Christopher Gross, Eric Shenkman, Mark White and Aaron Comess
Performed by Spin Doctors (as Spin Doctors)
Courtesy of Epic Records
Sony/ATV Songs LLC / Mowb'Jow Music, Inc (BMI)
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

Therapy for Restaurant Employees...
15 October 2005 | by (Long Island, NY, United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was everything I thought it would be and more. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cringe. Most of all, it'll make you think twice about eating at another restaurant or even working at one. Each character is throughly enjoyable as is each interaction between them. It's extremely well-written and realistic. As a waitress, I found it completely therapeutic, because even though I'd never do anything to a customer's food, seeing someone else do it to someone who is deserving of it (even in a movie), is enough to make me feel better. Ryan Reynolds is hysterical in this movie, as is Dane Cook and Luis Guzman. There are so many one-liners that you'll hear for a long time, especially in the kitchen of any restaurant. It ends slightly abruptly and you find yourself wanting more...but I guess that means the writer has done something right. Go see it, and enjoy. Just remember never to break the cardinal rule: "Never, ever, f*ck with someone who handles your food."

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