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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rob McKittrick|
|Produced by||Robert O. Green
|Written by||Rob McKittrick|
John Francis Daley
|Music by||Adam Gorgoni|
|Edited by||Andy Blumenthal
Eden Rock Media
|Running time||94 minutes|
Waiting... is a 2005 American independent comedy film starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, and Justin Long. It was written and directed by Rob McKittrick. McKittrick wrote the screenplay while working as a waiter. The film is the first effort by McKittrick as a writer-director.
The script was initially sold in a film deal to Artisan Entertainment, but was released by Lions Gate Entertainment (which purchased Artisan in 2003). Producers Chris Moore and Jeff Balis of Live Planet's Project Greenlight fame also took notice of the project and assisted. The film made over US$6,000,000, more than twice the budget of the film, in its opening weekend.
The film focuses on several characters. One of the main protagonists, Dean (Justin Long), has been a waiter for four years since graduating from high school, and has not earned a degree during his four years at a community college. When Dean learns from his mother that a former high school classmate, Chett (Travis Resor), now has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, he begins to rethink his direction-less life. Dean's lecherous friend and co-worker, Monty (Ryan Reynolds), is in exactly the same situation, but has accepted that his future lies with the restaurant, Shenaniganz. Monty is put in charge of training Mitch (John Francis Daley), a newly hired waiter who is constantly interrupted throughout most of the film before he can speak, usually by Monty. Also working with Dean is Calvin (Robert Patrick Benedict), a hopeless romantic who cannot urinate in public, and Dan (David Koechner), the uptight manager who is grooming Dean as his protégé. Rounding out the staff are 17-year-old hostess Natasha (Vanessa Lengies), abrasive waitress Naomi (Alanna Ubach), waitress (and Monty's ex-girlfriend) Serena (Anna Faris), Dean's girlfriend and fellow waitress Amy (Kaitlin Doubleday), stoner busboys T-Dog and Nick (Max Kasch and Andy Milonakis), head chef Raddamus (Luis Guzman), the insane, unsanitary chef Floyd (Dane Cook), lesbian bartender Tyla (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and the pensive and philosophical dishwasher Bishop (Chi McBride).
The waiters preoccupy themselves with endless gossip, complaining about the customers, seeking covert revenge on particularly rude patrons, and playing a special kind of game which involves flashing genitalia at a fellow worker (the "Penis Showing Game"). Each employee has his or her own problems and stories, which are interwoven with the ebb and flow of business. A common phrase used throughout the film, which is referred to in the Shenaniganz training video is "The only thing different between extraordinary and ordinary, is that little bit of extra!" This phrase is mocked by many of the wait staff during the film.
Minutes before the restaurant closes, however, Chett and his girlfriend come in for dinner and leave Dean a hefty tip out of pity. This prompts Dean to quit his job—turning down an assistant manager position Dan offered him at the beginning of the film—to seek a more promising future.
When the shift ends, the staff head to a party at Monty and Dean's house. At the party, Monty is able to resist having sex with Natasha (although he says they will have sex the following Wednesday, when she will be 18), Calvin attempts to fix his relationship problems, and Mitch bashes most members of the staff after being constantly interrupted throughout the day. He concludes by giving them all The Goat from the "Penis Showing Game", which Raddimus had told him earlier that if it is achieved, will instantly grant the man god-status. Sure enough, Monty swears his undying allegiance to him. The film ends with the staff talking about the incident with Mitch, and Dan showing up at a disgruntled customer's house after Natasha gave him the wrong address to the party.
- Ryan Reynolds as Monty
- Justin Long as Dean
- Anna Faris as Serena
- David Koechner as Dan
- Luis Guzmán as Raddimus
- Chi McBride as Bishop
- John Francis Daley as Mitch
- Kaitlin Doubleday as Amy
- Robert Patrick Benedict as Calvin
- Alanna Ubach as Naomi
- Vanessa Lengies as Natasha
- Max Kasch as T-Dog
- Andy Milonakis as Nick
- Dane Cook as Floyd
- Jordan Ladd as Danielle
- Emmanuelle Chriqui as Tyla the Bartender
- Wendie Malick as Monty's Mom
The film received mostly negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 31% claiming that "Waiting... is a gross-out comedy that's more gross than comic." It was more favored by audiences, receiving a 75%. Metacritic gave the film a 30/100, indicating "Generally unfavorable reviews". Roger Ebert gave the film a 1.5 stars out of 4 claiming that "Waiting... is melancholy for comedy". The film however has gained a large cult following over the years.
The film grossed over double its budget during the opening weekend with $6,021,106 in 1,652 theaters. It opened at #7 in the U.S. box office. Its total gross was $18,637,690 with $16,124,543 within the U.S. and $2,513,147 in foreign box offices.
The original score for the film was composed by Adam Gorgoni. A soundtrack was released and is available only through the iTunes Store. The track listing is as follows:
- "Callin' Out" – Lyrics Born
- "No Tomorrow" – The Blackouts
- "Hardcore Days, Softcore Nights" – Aqueduct
- "I Started Running" – The Talk
- "The Gay '90s" – Alternative Champs
- "Will My Lord Be Gardening" – Lilys
- "Fashion Fatale" – Read Yellow
- "Frantic (Roman Polanski version)" – Aqueduct
- "Dance" – Snatches of Pink
- "Nick and T-Dog's P-H-Fat Rap (radio edit)" – Andy Milonakis and Max Kasch
The film also included songs by The Rattlesnakes, The New Pornographers, Reaching Forward, Spoon, REO Speedwagon, Peaches, Leftfield, Goldfinger, Spin Doctors, Sunday's Best, High Speed Scene, and Large Pro.
Home media release
Since being released on DVD, the film has made over $53 million (theatrical and home video total) in the United States; the total worldwide gross for the film is $63,841,978.
A direct-to-DVD sequel to Waiting... called Still Waiting... was released on February 17, 2009. The second film is about another Shenaniganz location dealing with new competition from a Hooters-like sports bar called TaTa's Wing Shack run by Calvin from the first movie.
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