Waiting Movie Review
After eight long years of trying to get his script made (he was 24 when he wrote it), Rob McKittrick finally makes his directorial debut with Waiting.
The story, revolving around a group of employees at a restaurant, surprisingly is one of the funniest films of the year. Crude all the way through, it manages to incorporate more genitalia jokes than I thought was possible in a feature length film. While I have seen many instances where this type of humor has failed (i.e. The Sweetest Thing), this is certainly not one of them.
The movie benefits from a talented group of young actors including Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris and Justin Long. Reynolds is surprisingly funny as Monty, who crudely starts the film off by describing to the new employee Mitch the penis game which is played by the male employees. The audience sincerely hopes that Monty is just trying to scare the newcomer. Unfortunately, such is not the case. Another bright spot in the cast is the prolific actor Luis Guzman. His character makes Reynolds' crudeness seem tame. My only real disappointment with the cast was Justin Long. Throughout the day, Long's character is depressed because he feels he has no direction in life, and wants to get out of the restaurant business. Although being my favorite actor of the bunch, his character never really is able to showcase his humor, except for a few token parts. It is only at the very end of the movie that he finally loosens up.
Since the movie only covers one day, the story is a little lacking, choosing rather to develop the general atmosphere of the restaurant, rather than developing specific plot lines. The progression of Justin Long's character, and the strange first day for the newcomer Mitch (played by John Francis Daley) seem to be about the only developed story lines in the film. The script's main function is to try to incorporate as many crude and hilarious jokes into as little time as possible. Based on the amount of laughter from myself and the people around me, I'd say it worked.
Thankfully, the movie never tries to take itself too seriously; McKittrick knows that people aren't in the theater to see strong character development. The movie also brings up one of the most important life lessons, something I plan to pay strict allegiance to… Never fuck with those who make your food. After seeing a woman eat a steak covered with dandruff, snot and pubic hairs I am thoroughly convinced. Eating at Denny's at two in the morning just took on a whole new meaning. However, for anyone not easily nauseated by food preparation and genitalia (even if they go hand in hand), this is a must see.
Now out on DVD, "Waiting" is available in a surprisingly large 2-disc edition. The movie failed to bring in the goods at theaters, so it's a bit odd that it receives such a nice reception - of course, the movie is hilarious and maybe the studio is acknowledging such things.
Then again, even though it gets two discs, the special features are rather lacking. The outtakes and deleted scenes aren't especially funny, and "Widescreen" is one of the bonuses listed on the back of the box. The discs do host several documentaries and a couple commentaries, but nothing remarkable.
"Waiting" is a very funny film that is definitely worth renting, but is the DVD worth buying? We don't think so.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.