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The Waiting Game (1999)

Not Rated | | Comedy | March 1999 (USA)
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A group of aspiring young actors wait tables at a New York City restaurant.


Ken Liotti


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Arnett ... Lenny
Debbon Ayer ... Merris
Dwight Ewell Dwight Ewell ... Joe
Eddie Malavarca Eddie Malavarca ... Derek
Terumi Matthews Terumi Matthews ... Andi
Michael Raynor ... Franco
Daniel Riordan ... Dan
Taylor Stanley ... Shannon
Donald Williams Donald Williams ... Nick the Cook
Alice Spivak ... Customer from Hell
Vinnie Platania Vinnie Platania ... Barfly
Christopher Lawford ... L.A. Director (as Chris Lawford)
Amy Marcs Amy Marcs ... Casting Director
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Therapist
Howard Spiegel Howard Spiegel ... Cliff


This ensemble comedy love story chronicles the adventures and misadventures of a group of aspiring actors who wait tables at a popular New York City eatery called "Peter's Backyard." Pitted against the New York culture jungle, the crew serves up a prix fixe of artistic trauma, comedic insanity, and thespian lust while struggling to keep their lives from coming unglued in the urban warfare of the survival of the artist. Written by Anonymous

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It Will Have To Do (Until The Real Thing Comes Along)
Written by Mann Holiner (as Hollinger), Saul Chaplin, Sammy Cahn (as Kahn), Alberta Nichols (as Nichols) and L.E. Freeman (as Freeman) / ASCAP
Performed by Dean Martin
Published by Anne-Rachel Corp., Chappell and Co., Inc., WB Music Corp.
Courtesy of EMI-Capital, Entertainment Properties
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Aspirations, Angst, Amour
22 November 2004 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Andi (Terumi Matthews) and Lenny (Will Arnett) are best friends and thespians, who make ends meet by working in the same restaurant. Struggling actor, Dan (Daniel Riordan), is likewise employed at the establishment, as well as a bevy of others. Each hopes to make it big. Each spends his or her day with petulant customers, all the while searching for romantic fulfillment for themselves and their colleagues. Who will give up their pipe dreams and who will stay in the hunt for fame, prosperity, and love? This film is a showcase for the plentiful pleasures of ensemble work. While the cast boasts no stars, each thespian portrays the angst and the aspirations of career choices that are ruthless with aplomb. The New York setting is always appealing as well. Do you favor romantic stories that also deal with showbiz wannabees? You will do yourself a favor by giving this film a try.

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Release Date:

March 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,547, 19 March 2000

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