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Waiting... (I) (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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Chicken flied steak, anyone? See more »



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)


$47,273 (Brazil) (28 July 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an original incarnation of the script Calvin was the character who couldn't piss, and Brian was a character who couldn't get the girl. The parts were combined at the last minute. See more »


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


Naomi: Ok I'll tell you why. It's because of THIS!
[jumps on the barstool and lifts her skirt]
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to the loving memory of Steven "Buddha" Collier. See more »


References House Party (1990) See more »


Without Meaning
Written by T. Ackerman, I. Moreno, E. Reyes and J. Tweedy
Performed by Sunday's Best
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Remember How Good It Was, Atlas Celars, The Canadian Woods and Bent Wookie Music (ASCAP)
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User Reviews

THE movie for all restaurant employees
18 October 2005 | by (nowhere) – See all my reviews

FINALLY! A movie about young adults working at a restaurant. I am 21 and I've only worked in restaurants. Since I was 15, I've been a busser, dishwasher, host, or a cook. And I have to say that this movie is 100%, dead-on accurate. Not only was it flawlessly written and the actors were natural and likable, but it also shows the people the other side. People don't realize all the B.S. servers and cooks have to go through every single day. So, the next time you chew out a server because your steak is medium instead of medium-rare, just remember one thing...We control your food, we can do whatever we want to it. So, chill out and remember it's only food and it's not the end of the world.

Funny, well-acted. Loved Dane Cook, Andy Milonakis, and Ryan Reynolds of course; Justin Long, Anna Faris, Alanna Ubach(HILARIOUS!), and John Daley who I haven't seen since Freaks and Geeks when he was a little guy. This movie is full of priceless one-liners and your typical coming-of-age moral without telling you it's a moral. 10/10!

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