After being fired as VP in a big mortgage fund (fall guy), Jim decides on a complete change and starts work at a 24/7 diner.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Lafferty ... James Adams
Danny Glover ... Edward Collins
Julie Gonzalo ... Becky Adams
Dale Dickey ... Crazy Kathy
Marshall Bell ... Miles Drake III
Ernie Lively ... Wright Adams
William Frederick Knight ... Grandpop Adams (as William Knight)
Adam Johnson ... Matthew Linslow
Yolanda Wood ... Jacqui White
Aubrey Reynolds ... Mary Crohns
Sila Agavale Sila Agavale ... Manuel Lopez
Jason Tatom ... Larry Cobble (as Jason Tatom)
Michelle Lang ... Nancy Linslow
Michael Flynn ... Repo Man
Ilene Wood Ilene Wood ... Ann Adams


Waffle Street's riches-to-rags tale is an adaptation of James Adams' 2010 memoir of the same name (published by Sourced Media Books), which chronicles the financier's foray into the food industry. After being laid off at the hedge fund where he worked, and further jaded by his culpability in the crisis, Adams chose to work at a popular 24-hour diner where he claims "most of his financial knowledge has been gleaned." Offering a fresh take on the fallout of corporate greed, Adams' is a tale of the redemption and unlikely friendship found under the tutelage of Glover's character Edward, the best short-order cook in town. Written by Autumn McAlpin

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James Lafferty starred in One Tree Hill (2003) along side Chad Michael Murray, with whom Julie Gonzalo shares two movies, A Cinderella Story (2004), and Freaky Friday (2003). See more »


When James Lafferty drops off Danny Glover after visiting the gym, Glover's hand on the son's character's shoulder disappears and reappears with each camera angle change. See more »


James Adams: What we do is legal, therefore it is not unethical. If this was unethical, it would be illegal.
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Written by Will VanderWyden
Performed by Lost on Purpose
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Likeable Actors, Movie-of-the-Week Feel
9 July 2018 | by Eric266See all my reviews

This movie seemed like a good way to spend 90 minutes. The description on Netflix sounded interesting. However, the movie comes off as a higher end Hallmark Channel film than something that strives to be innovative.

James Lafferty is James Adams, a recently fired financier who is lost for what to do with himself. He wanders into a Waffle House-style diner and gets a job. There he meets several characters who both work at, and frequent, the diner. Danny Glover lends some weight to the proceedings as a cook. The rest of the cast as unknowns or character actors who have done better things. Julie Gonzalo as Mark's wife barely rises above cookie cutter wife from every other movie about a man who has to change his life. She frets about bills, starting a family, questioning his choice of jobs and or ideas for a new career, etc. (It took me a second to recognize Ms. Gonzalo as Amber from Dodgeball. Has it really been fourteen years?).

Lafferty has a nice easy going personality, but that was my issue with it. He was so laid back and lackadaisical for someone who just got canned from his career that he came off as comatose. The closest comparison I can make is Peter from Office Space, who was hypnotized not to care. James takes his firing and his lack of direction in stride. I guess he's just a better man than me.

At 86 minutes, the movie has a pretty crisp pace. It felt like it needed some more depth and I think some better editing would have worked wonders. Even the supporting characters who are usually nutty and lovable in these types of movies, came off really bland.

The movie is based on a book by the real James Adams.

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