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Rob McKittrick returns as screenwriter but without Monty (Ryan
Reynolds), Serena (Anna Faris), Amy (Kaitlin Doubleday) and Mitch (John
Francis Daley) this doesn't feel at all like the same environment.
Justin Long's cameo didn't make up for anything.
It felt more like a spin-off than a sequel. It's jokes are unfunny and strained the movie's runtime. It felt like it was more near three hours. I couldn't wait for it to end. I didn't laugh once during it's entirety.
Calvin's new persona was overdone. It seemed like he changed into Monty whereas in the last film, he despised and loathed Monty. Omitting Mitch was a terrible move. He was a great character. Addition of Ta Ta's and the storyline of the restaurant going under and then being started up elsewhere was tame.
Years have passed by and now the restaurant is no longer anything. Waiting was a funny film with lots of great jokes. This film seems more like a part of American Pie's franchise. It gives off the vibe of teenager jokes that are lost on the audience.
It's no surprise this wasn't good enough to hit theaters. I would strongly recommend people skipping this and picking up the first film, only. This one isn't worth the time.
If you've ever worked in a restaurant, then you probably already know
that "Waiting..." was perhaps one of the best stress relievers for the
job. From the rude, dehumanizing customers, to the sick-minded
line-cooks, right down the melodramatic wait-staff, it covered all the
bases. And most importantly, it was hilarious front to back and was
good for many a repeat viewing. What you may or may not be aware of,
though, is that a direct-to-DVD sequel has just been released, simply
titled "Still Waiting..."
Written by Rob McKittrick, who also wrote and directed the first film, "Still Waiting..." is really just more shenanigans at the fictional "Shenaniganz" restaurant. Like your typical food-service job, the faces always change, which is convenient, because for this installment, big names like Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris and Dane Cook couldn't be pulled. Aside from a wealth of cameos and bit parts from the rest of the cast of the original flick, this one is filled with all new characters. The film walks a fine line, trying to service it's original audience by cramming as many characters from the previous film in, as well as establishing and developing a whole new cast. Unfortunately, in the case of the new cast, it doesn't pan out so well. Some of the characters work, but are under-developed, such as Tania Raymonde in the role of Amber, or even the slightly larger role of John Michael Higgins as Dennis. Elsewhere, though, the characters serve either a cheap punchline, or are otherwise recycled from the first film. It's sad that a new film with an all-new cast is only enjoyable when players from the last one drop by for a visit. This new cast of characters is, for the most part, bland, unlikeable, unfunny and just plain useless.
Thankfully, the film is still enjoyable, if not a bit redundant. Luis Guzman, Chi McBride, David Koechner, Rob Benedict, Andy Milonakis, Max Kasch and Vanessa Lengies all return, but it is Alanna Ubach -- reprising the role of the in-conquerable Naomi -- who really steals the show. Thankfully, she's a big character in the film, and if it weren't for her return, this movie wouldn't be half as great as it is. Justin Long, pops in briefly to drag down the mood, but to also take a jab at the character he played in the first film, as well as any other film he's been in. Think his character in "Zack & Miri Make A Porno" but more depressed. No doubt, the film is filled with plenty of food-service in-jokes and enough gross-out humor to satisfy, even if it drops the ball on telling an interesting story with it's new characters. Thanks to a returning cast, as well as solid direction by Jeff Balis (who served as a producer for the first film), "Still Waiting..." is a worthy refill. It's nowhere near as potent as "Waiting..." but in comparison to other DTV fair, it's worth watching, if not owning. There's still enough on the menu for those who crave a nice, nasty story revolving around a restaurant, and to that end, it holds up. Definitely in the spirit of the first one, just missing a few crucial elements to make it a classic.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Ugh. Are you serious?
This movie took everything that was great about the original, blew it way over the top, and ruined any chance it had of being decent. I can honestly say I didn't even smile for the entire thing, what was there to smile about? The guy who was an obvious rip-off of the character Ryan Reynolds played? That did nothing but spout really generic, un-creative and obscene jokes the whole movie? Woah, never seen that. Or the main character who's so pathetic, obnoxious, un-funny as well as un-likable that we can only hope he doesn't get the promotion? Or perhaps the stuff that wasn't just not funny as well as over-played it self from the first one making triumphant returns to further beat the dead horse? Such as Naomi and the so-not-worth-watching-it's-painful Andy Milonakis. Look out everyone, white guys pretending to be gangster. Comedy 101, here. Although, I'll give them an ounce of credit for obviously realizing how stupid the two characters were the first time around. Oh, wait, I'm forgetting about the cook with the lateral lisp! HA HA! He has a speech impediment and sounds super-funny! HA HA!
SPOILER - But all that aside, I think the greatest insult was ruining one of the great things from Waiting, and that was Justin Long's character. Who was sick of just settling, said F it and went out on his own. So in this they have him a porn and pill addicted f-up because of his decision to leave the restaurant? Right on. Someone stop the funny-train, because I'm rolling in the aisles. END SPOILER
Please, I beg of you, do not watch this movie. If you must, just watch Adam Carolla's part. As I'm the Ace-Man's number one fan, and even his role couldn't get this rating above a two.
Do not rent this movie!
Liked the first movie when I caught it on TV. As a one-time waiter, I felt it was a perspective worth showing, and it had some funny moments. This sequel was HORRIBLE. Not one funny joke.
After realizing that it was not going to make me laugh, I figured that at least the "unrated" version might provide some gratuitous visuals. No dice - just a single, totally non-tantalizing scene. Anybody that gives this a positive review must be affiliated with the film or distribution company. As usual, it is a pretty strong signal when the original cast does not show up to cash in on the sequel. You should stay away, too.
This movie basically took everything that was good about the first one
and made it less interesting and engaging. The cameos was okay just not
that great and sort of pointless with the return of some the cast from
the first movie, in fact this sequel is pointless. Rob McKittrick the
writer for the film even admitted he had no idea what to write about
for the plot, the first movie didn't really have a plot but this one
was just way more random and ridiculous and just too over the top. In
fact Rob if you see him in the behind the scenes is a dick himself and
one cocky guy after a decent success of his first movie. The first
"Waiting.." was great because it is something that a lot of people that
worked in a restaurant can relate with, this isn't the case for the
sequel. So it basically continues the adventures of the waiting staff
at Shenaniganz restaurant after two years later, except now they are
having sort of a competition with the new Ta-Ta's Wing Shack restaurant
where some of the old team members work now, which is basically like
Hooters or Twin Peaks. They got the team members from the first movie
back but not all of them and the new team members in the restaurants
isn't as likable. As a matter of fact they don't have the two main
actors from the first movie that took the spotlight back, which is
Monty(Ryan Reynolds) and Floyd(Dane Cook). And basically replaced Monty
with Agnew(Stever Howey) who is a dick in real life and in the movie as
well, but he isn't a likable dick like Ryan Reynolds was, but I will
admit his stereotyping jokes were actually kinda funny. The first movie
had a lot of toilet humor and stuff was just random, and there is a lot
of toilet humor in this one as well but it just isn't as engaging or as
entertaining. Chris Williams is sort of a replacement of Floyd, but
just comes off as a prick that should have had something bad happen to
him at the end. It was interesting to find out that Mason and Agnew is
real people and Rob took down the stupid stuff they said and got it
into writing for this movie. It's a weak sequel overall and the cast
wasn't as likable, it's not terrible though and I guess it's worth
seeing if you really enjoyed the first "Waiting...". The main highlight
of this movie though is the Ta-Ta's Wing Shack girls, Amanda Loncar was
I'm watching this now, and it's terrible. So so bad, and it's written by the same guy as the first one. It's a clone, but much, much worse. The new Ryan Reynolds is just a douche prick (not as Monty, just as a new idiot), Naomi (the girl with the massive... u know) returns but has got worse at acting, Calvin (with the urinal problem) is a totally diff character, the girls at Ta Ta's is a replacement for Anna Farris, and she's terrible, there's an idiot in the kitchen with a fake stupid speech problems, nick and t-Dog return with no point, Justin longs paranoid whiny replacement is equally fake, and there's even a new penis game with vagina's. I think counsellor Bishop is the only character that hasn't been cloned. It's reminds of those terrible later American pie movies. No wonder it's a straight to DVD
Loved the original, yes the first one was full of toilet humour but it
was laugh out loud funny. I really rated Ryan Reynolds in "Waiting"
he's almost like a new Chevvy Chase.
"Still Waiting" is one very nasty, even a little racist movie. It has no redeeming qualities, I barely raised a smile the whole way through it.
Please don't waste your life on this muck. It's even tarnished my memory of waiting.
No wonder this went straight to vid, potential funny scenes were rushed though without expanding the scene. It seems like a very lazy attempt to cash in from the fans of the first, it felt very low budget, as some have said already even felt like porn movie acting.
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If you haven't seen this movie yet but loved the first one, don't waste
your time. The fact that Waiting... was so good and both films were
written by the same guy (Rob McKittrick) may sway you to see it but
trust me...DON'T! Having worked in restaurants my whole life, there
were certain things in this movie that did make me laugh but altogether
the film was trying too hard to create the magic of the original, sadly
giving us a half-ass attempt to make a decent sequel instead.
First off, the main character in the film is the restaurant's manager. In every restaurant I've ever worked in, the manager is hated by just about everybody so trying to get us to care about this character was pretty ridiculous. The next thing that bugged me the most was the character of Agnew who was definitely trying too hard to be like Monty from the first film. The only difference between the two was that unlike Monty, I really didn't like Agnew and couldn't stand him upon his first few lines in the movie. I'm not sure if it was the actor (Steve Howey) or the fact that the character was just a super-douche but I really could care less about the guy.
The movie does feature some of the cast from the original but due to pay and schedule issues, some are only seen for brief moments. Raddimus, Natasha, Dan, Bishop, Nick and T-Dog all return but only have a total of maybe 15-20 minutes in the film. Calvin and Naomi are also featured more in this movie than the previous one but it still wasn't enough to make it enjoyable. The surprise cameo came from Justin Long as Dean who said (after the release of the movie) that he was "truly embarrassed" to be involved in this one. If that doesn't tell you anything...
Another thing that bothered me was trying to figure out if this is supposed to be the same Shenaniganz restaurant as the first or a different location. Obviously the interior of the eatery is completely different but with Naomi, Natasha and Nick still working there, you would think it's the same. But then during Dean's cameo, he said that this location was a bigger dump than the one he worked in. If it is a different place, how would those people still be working together? This is something that still bugs me to this day and if anybody can answer this question for me, I'd greatly appreciate it.
With all the bad stuff there is about this movie, there were a few moments that did make me laugh. The dream about getting slammed, the rush of elderly people for the early bird specials and the cooks getting upset with guys for making changes to a ticket are all things that I have experienced and did make me chuckle a bit. But other than those, the movie didn't have too many laughs that people coming from working in restaurants could relate to.
After watching the special features, it is clear that McKittrick just wrote this movie for the money. He clearly states that he had no interest in writing the film but when he was offered six-figures to do so, he quickly got to work. With them unable to get many of the stars from the original, this film should have gone the route of the first and just focus on the nonsense that takes places while working in a restaurant. The Shenaniganz vs. Ta-Ta's Wing Shack storyline was too much and they should have focused on one or the other. I can only hope that if there's another sequel to this movie, McKittrick & Co. stay as far away from it as possible.
I was a big fan of Waiting. Even though I've never worked in a
restaurant, I could somehow relate to the plights and pitfalls of the
food service industry. A lot of that had to do with writer Rob
McKittrick's great script. Now, years later, Rob has penned the sequel
to his cult classic and the results, though not as satisfying as the
original, are better than you might think.
Still Waiting moves the action to a new Shenanigans restaurant where manager Dennis is having some problems. Not only is he having trouble with his personal life, but his restaurant is also facing a crisis. They're losing business to the newly-opened Ta-Ta's Wing Shack next door. So much business in fact that corporate is threatening to shut Dennis down unless he can meet his quarterly expectations. He has one last day to make the $9000 he needs to keep his restaurant open and maybe even get a promotion.
With a new restaurant comes a new cast of characters. There's Agnew - a young waiter who's so sarcastic and hateful that he doesn't even realize he's slowly turning into a racist; His girlfriend, Allison, who just started working at Ta-Ta's; Joshua - a guy who's so overworked that he has nightmares about his job; Hank - the bartender who dreams of hitting the big time with his band; Amber - the waitress working to pay her tuition, and Mason - the young cook with a lisp who's hopelessly in love with Amber. There's also a few returning characters. Like Naomi, in all her spiteful alcoholic glory. And Calvin, who's gone from being a love-struck loser to total ladies man and manager of Ta-Ta's. Other old faces show up as well, but I don't want to spoil it for you.
The characters are, sadly, not near as good as the original Shenanigan's gang. It's no fault of the actor's either, The mostly unknown cast make the best with what they've been given. The characters this time around are just not as interesting. For example, I could've done completely without the Joshua character and would've like to have seen more of the Mason-Amber mini-plot.
The story is a bit weak as well. Whereas in the first film, amidst all the dirty jokes, there was a story about that point in your life where you have to ask yourself "Just where am I going?": Still Waiting doesn't seem to have anything other than the "are they gonna make enough money?" plot. You'd think they would, especially with the new girl at the Wing Shack subplot, but it's just not there.
All in all, Still Waiting has it's moments. It's pretty funny and way better than the majority of direct-to-DVD sequels out there. If you loved the original, you'll probably like this one. Key word being "like".
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We all know this is a hack direct to video sequel; but they would not
have made it were there no demand for it. They did a thoughtful and
earnest if not flawed job with a large ensemble cast. Not everything
worked. It never does. This production was pack with improv people.
There were funny lines. But by far the things I found most enjoyable,
as a restaurant worker, were the phenomena I deal with everyday. I say
this about the original as much as this sequel.
Instead of listing every example, I will focus on the performance of Justin Long. He has subsequently disowned this performance in an interview with Peter Travers, something I will discuss later in the review.
-After this point there are Spoilers- In the first film, Justin Longs character Dean comes to a self realization and quits. His "ball showing game," as the movie puts it. And this from the sage, weird old black dishwasher.
We catch up with Dean at the end of the fi;m, the fabled "District Manager," now an oxycontin/internet porn addicted, alcoholic, jaded prisoner of Sheninigans. He is trapped, despite his attempts to flee. This is all part of a monologue at the bar, capped off with him not paying for his drink. Top Dog at Shenanigans, to be sure.
I've seen this a thousand times. Yet Justin Long, in the Peter Travers interview, say he is embarrassed by having anything to do with this movie. It was beneath him, apparently. Perhaps he felt like he sold out, trading his credibility as an artist for something akin to catering to the interests of money and bad taste. Perhaps.
Peter Travers then immediately makes reference to the Mac/PC commercials in which Justin Long features so prominently. Perhaps he was thinking about the immortal words of Bill Hicks when he spoke about corporate shills and how they lost any credibility as an artist. I cannot help looking down on Justin Long for his promotion of an organization that keeps millions enslaved and tens of millions mesmerized by plastic playthings. In essence, he has become the cliché he portrayed in Still Waiting.. and is doubly a hypocrite.
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