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  • Summary: A hilarious comedy about frustrated waiters, stingy tippers and dicey food this film focuses on a group of young employees battling boredom at Shenanigan's, a generic chain restaurant. (Lions Gate Entertainment)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 26
  2. Negative: 12 out of 26
  1. Lots of people will leave screenings of this movie in disgust -- and laughter is the last thing they will hear on the way out.
  2. Many of the dilemmas that are established never pay off, and there is no clear protagonist or antagonist. To make matters even murkier, the movie is poorly shot in visually uninteresting locations with constant soft focus. That said, it's also damn funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Tina-Louise Reid
    50
    McKittrick cites "Dazed and Confused" as well as "Clerks" as influences, yet he lacks the raw edge of early Smith and the existential drift of Linklater. And if side-splitting laughter is what you crave, Waiting . . . will leave you hungry for a slice of American Pie.
  4. 40
    The filmmaker captures a certain exaggerated verisimilitude, but the comedy is surprisingly flat. The cast sells the occasional one-liner, but a Reynolds smirk can take you only so far.
  5. 38
    The movie is a clumsy and uninspired mess, which is not to say that it's not funny.
  6. Could have been a funny movie. There are a few truths about food-service that McKittrick gets right but doesn't fully exploit.
  7. Never aims higher than the urinal.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 11 out of 35
  1. PaulF.
    Oct 6, 2005
    10
    Saw this at the premiere - 650 people, including me, thought it was hysterical.
  2. SpencerD.
    Jul 10, 2006
    10
    I guess this is one of those love-it-or-hate-it movies. Don't go in expecting a work of art and genius... expect a pretty realistic show I guess this is one of those love-it-or-hate-it movies. Don't go in expecting a work of art and genius... expect a pretty realistic show of regular people who work at a restaraunt. I loved it. Expand
  3. Scott
    May 21, 2007
    10
    This is a movie in which you have to work in a restaruant to fully enjoy it.. its so realistic. If you have never worked in a restaruant, This is a movie in which you have to work in a restaruant to fully enjoy it.. its so realistic. If you have never worked in a restaruant, you'll be disturbed but the truth is, this stuff actually happens. Expand
  4. DouglasH.
    Feb 12, 2006
    8
    This movie was funny and sick at the same time. Ryan F'ing Rocks!!!
  5. GaryD.
    Sep 17, 2006
    6
    It was very enjoyable and had a great life message. It is also something of a mood piece and a playful examination of the world of waitering. It was very enjoyable and had a great life message. It is also something of a mood piece and a playful examination of the world of waitering. For a movie this campy, the acting was above average. Expand
  6. Alex
    Oct 8, 2005
    1
    If you worked at a restaurant like this, you might give it a 2 or a 3. This movie was God awful. Everything about this movie was cliche, even If you worked at a restaurant like this, you might give it a 2 or a 3. This movie was God awful. Everything about this movie was cliche, even the name of the place they work at. Their are two scenery locations in the entire movie. Their is no major plot. The acting is horrible. Im a fan of tge crude joke, dont get me wrong, but these are not funny. I laughed about 4-5 times the entire movie. If you worked at a restuarant, enjoy cliches, bad acting, bad production and are half retarded, you may enjoy this movie. For the rest of you, stay away. Stay very far away. Expand
  7. Jeremy
    Oct 8, 2005
    0
    Not funny whatsoever. My vote for the worst comedy of the year. A waste of time and money. if you like watching losers spit on food, this is for you.

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