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Hungry for Laughs? Then Avoid This
Member Name: Andy.mack
Advantages: Justin Long
Disadvantages: Everything Else
It's time for the dinner shift at Shenanigans restaurant and the new boy, Mitch is about to find out how things are done here. Under the expert guidance of the restaurants resident lothario Monty he is being thrust into his first shift at the restaurant. Whilst Mitch is just about to start Dean is having a strange day. Something is missing and he fancies a change of direction but the offer of the assistant manager's job he really has to think carefully about his next move. The film follows a shift in an ordinary day for these employees and what mad cap capers they get up to on just another ordinary day at Shenanigans.
I'll be honest and say that I had never heard of Waiting until about a week ago when I was looking through lovefilm for movies to watch. The initial appeal was of course the starring role for Ryan Reynolds and Justin Long. The presence of both these actors made me think that it would at least be an amusing movie and to an extent I was right. Perhaps a better expectation would have been that it would have been a rather disgusting comedy that whilst amusing in parts wasn't as good as it sounded. Then of course if we had the benefit of hindsight we wouldn't watch potentially half the movies we do.
The film comes from first and only time director Rob McKittrick. It is the first and only time to date that he has stepped behind the director's lens and perhaps the fact this film was made in 2005 tells a story all on its own. In fairness he didn't really need to do much from a director's point of view as the location for the movie is by and large in one restaurant. He manages to keep the onscreen action quite clear but there is nothing really remarkable or interesting about his direction. The film feels like the pilot for a rather uninteresting TV comedy and it would be fair to say that McKittrick never really gets the film going.
He also takes on the role of writer for this movie and unlike his direction he has been commissioned to write a second film, Still Waiting the sequel to this rather poor excuse for a comedy. Had I still been twelve then perhaps the succession of penis jokes would have still been funny but in a film like this it just doesn't work for me. The plot is quite thin and relies more on the "hilarious" antics that the characters get up to in order to fill its 94 minute runtime. The truth though is that this type of comedy just doesn't work unless it has likeable characters and something original, both of which are sadly lacking from Waiting.
It's all well and good casting someone like Ryan Reynolds in the lead role if you are going to make the audience like his character. The biggest problem here is that you instantly dislike Monty. The performance from Reynolds seems to be in line with the expectations of how McKittrick wrote the character of Monty but from a viewing perspective he is just an unlikeable lead and his know it all presence in the movie is very annoying. It's a shame to have wasted an actor of Reynolds abilities with a role this bad.
The only actor to really come out of this movie with any credit has to be Justin Long. He is the only character you find yourself feeling anything for as he struggles to decide what to do. I think that Long was a good choice as Dean and although his character isn't particularly well developed, Long manages to salvage something from it. The rest of the cast included Scary Movie favourite Anna Faris, Dane Cook and Luis Guzman but with a poor plot and average direction they all just plodded along filling the succession of empty characters in this movie.
Perhaps the fact I had little or no expectations on this movie allowed me to see it as it actually is. The film tries to cash in on the likes of American Pie combining gross out comedy with a slightly different setting but I don't really feel they got it right on this occasion. When you cast Ryan Reynolds it is important to make him a likeable character as I feel he really doesn't work in this sort of arrogant role but the film would still have been a lost cause with a likeable lead character. Whoever commissioned the sequel must have had money to burn as the first one was so bad the need for a second should have been a no brainer.
Summary: A rather poor attempt at comedy