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Waiting takes us into the world of food service. The customers are demanding and crazy. The staff have major issues and everyone is just waiting to get out of there. But what does the future hold for them?
Monty (Ryan Reynolds) and Dean (Justin Long) are two friends and roommates who work at ShenaniganZ. Monty is the womanizer with the quick quips. Dean is the hardworking guy who is coasting in life. His mom brings up a high school classmate who is out of college and making a way for himself. Dean starts to question everything in his life. His job, community college and his relationship with Amy (Kaitlin Doubleday). He is offered the assistant manager job by Dan (David Koechner). But after a crazy day, being capped off with his classmate tipping him $70, he comes to a decision. He is tired of waiting! He refuses the new job, quits his job and tries to move forward with Amy and life.
Monty has been charged with training new guy Mitch (John Francis Daley). Mitch quickly learns that the restaurant job is less about waiting than it is about getting by. The employees play “The Game,” guys getting others to look at their genitals and calling them homosexuals. Head cook, Raddiums (Luis Guzmán), explains the point system and techniques. The head dishwasher/sage, Bishop (Chi McBride), explains to us, via conversation with Dean, that the game is the staff’s way of forcing change and bringing humor. Amy, Serena (Anna Faris), and Naomi (Alanna Ubach) explain quite graphically why it won’t work for women to play. They also try to help the guys, particularly Calvin (Rob Benedict), know what women really want. Some of it sinks in for Monty as he pursues, almost, 18 year old Natasha (Vanessa Lengies).
The whacky staff are all in limbo, waiting for something to push them out to what is next. They all hate their jobs but like Dean, don’t know what to do next. The only moral is don’t mess with people who handle your food.
I (Geoff) frankly feel like I need a shower after this movie. As someone who has worked in food service (catering) it appalled me. But what made it worse is that ,no one but possibly Dean changed for the better. Everyone else is still in limbo waiting. While “Clerks” at least had some deep dialogue, and “Empire Records” dealt with some issues, “Waiting” just seems to be a shallow humor knock off of the genera.
This movie’s soundtrack is not out there for sale but has a quite diverse group of artists. Here is one of the tracks.
No Tomorrow by The Blackouts (now known as The Living Blue)
Listen the soundtrack here.
Name That Movie:
The clue this week was: We left off with Renee Zellweger in “Jerry MaGuire” and that also stared Tom. He also starred with one of our next Triple’s stars Jamie Foxx in this 2004 film about a cab driver that finds himself the hostage of a contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit in one night.
Which lead us to the following movie: The movie is “Collateral.”
The Next Triplecast: Our next Triple will be ’80s TV that was turned into films.’ We’re asking for lots of listener feedback! We’ll look at “Miami Vice,” “The A-Team,” and “21 Jump Street.” At the end of each podcast we’ll have to make the final call on who is the winner of the better way-TV series or film? Feedback deadline for “Miami Vice” is Friday February 10th at 5pm.
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