One of the best things about watching movies is finding that low-budget movie that doesn’t receive much support in promotion, but still does well because it has a decent enough story that strikes a chord among its audience. Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino owe their careers to this phenomenon.
Waiting is a low-budget comedy based on the experiences of a man who worked in three restaurants in the Orlando area — as far as I know, only one is still in business. One of the first things you notice about this movie is the relative star-power it has:
- Ryan Reynolds
- Anna Faris
- Justin Long
- John Frances Daly
- Luis Guzman
- David Koechner
All of these actors have a strong following, particularly in the comedy world. The story is simple enough: just a day in the life of a restaurant. We see the cliched bad customers, the “extra sauce” stories, and the “bad tip” stories. Yet there is a story framework that holds this all together and creates a fun movie to watch.
The DVD is a two-disc affair with a lot of extras involving cast observations, real-life serving stories, and deleted/extended scenes.
My advice: Grab this for a few laughs and remember: Never screw with the people who handle your food…