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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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Rob McKittrick

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Rob McKittrick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Monty
Anna Faris ... Serena
Justin Long ... Dean
David Koechner ... Dan
Luis Guzmán ... Raddimus
Chi McBride ... Bishop
John Francis Daley ... Mitch
Kaitlin Doubleday ... Amy
Rob Benedict ... Calvin (as Robert Patrick Benedict)
Alanna Ubach ... Naomi
Vanessa Lengies ... Natasha
Max Kasch ... T-Dog
Andy Milonakis ... Nick
Dane Cook ... Floyd
Jordan Ladd ... Danielle
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Storyline

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>

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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waiting... See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,021,106, 9 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,124,543
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the first party sequence Monty walks in and greets Serena, who is in the black chair. The camera cuts and pans over and Serena is sitting on the end of the couch farthest away from the black chair. See more »

Quotes

Calvin: Come on guys, this is bull crap. Where the hell's my chicken sandwich?
Floyd: [Picks up chicken with tongs, drops in on the prep board. Points tongs over counter at Calvin] Fuck you, bitch!
Calvin: What the hell did I do to you, Floyd?
Floyd: [Using chicken and tongs as microphone, sings] Eat at Shenaniganz, Enjoy your food. Eat at Shenaniganz, Calvin works here!
Calvin: Oh, that's hardly sanitary.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits there is an "uber special thanks" section which contains Rob McKittrick's thank yous. The most notable ones being "God, for not existing," and "Kevin Smith, for providing the world with 'Clerks', the movie that made my movie seem possible. Randal is one of the greatest characters ever." See more »

Alternate Versions

As far as the unrated cut goes, the 'unrated' portions mostly concern the testicles and vagina shots near the end of the movie that had to be changed for the MPAA. For the vagina shot, the camera is slightly closer than it was theatrically. For the testicles shot in the theatrical, they were just hanging out of the boxers; this take is used on Disc Two during 'The Works' at the beginning of the Luis Guzman casting section. Another unrated change is that the rap video during the credits is uncensored, while the theatrical had words bleeped very arbitrarily. See more »

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Spoofs Mulholland Dr. (2001) See more »

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No Tomorrow
Written by The Blackouts
Performed by The Blackouts
Courtesy of Lucid Records
From the Album "Living in Blue"
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Austin Movie Show review
12 October 2005 | by leilapostgradSee all my reviews

I hated (HATED!) being a waitress, but this movie is so hilarious and so ballsy that it almost makes me want to go back to the summer of 1999 to work one more shift at TGI Fridays. Waiting is the best, most accurate, most honest, and most riotously funny movie ever made about the service industry. Here's how I see it – the world is divided into two groups of people: those who have waited tables and those who haven't. Those who have never worked a day of their lives in a restaurant may find this movie amusing, but they'll think it's too absurd to be real, and they'll probably never give a second thought to this movie ever again.

But those of you who have felt the pain, degradation, and humiliation of waiting tables will p**s your pants laughing at how PERFECT this movie is. First-time writer/director Rob McKittrick has created a dead-on depiction of 24 hours in the restaurant biz. The movie opens at a late-night party with lots of underage drinking, smoking, and sex. Then we see the wait staff hung-over at work the next day. The restaurant they all work at is called "Shenanigans," but it looks an awful lot like the TGI Fridays I worked at.

All the characters in Waiting are based on the real people who work in every restaurant. There's the hot/slutty/underage hostess, the fat and ugly cook who somehow dates a really hot waitress, the stoner/punk bust boy, and the manager with the chip on his shoulder. All the customers in this film (the cheap red necks who don't know how to tip, the b****y women, the drunk and horny men) are all customers I've waited on. And no filmmaker has ever so accurately portrayed the complex and irreconcilable tension between the wait staff and kitchen staff.

But at the end of the night, no matter what drama unfolds, no matter what dishes brake, and no matter how much money you make in tips (or don't make), everyone gets wasted and parties together, and you all know you're in it together. Waiting simply tells a story about a profession that most people never give a second thought to. But it tells that story flawlessly. Can't wait for the DVD.


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