REVIEW: STILL WAITING…

CAST

Adam Carolla (Family Guy)
John Michael Higgins (Bad Teacher)
Rob Benedict (Birds of Prey)
Steve Howey (Bride Wars)
Alanna Ubach (Legally Blonde)
Chi McBride (Pushing Daises)
Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights)
Tania Raymonde (Texas Chainsaw)
Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers)
Danneel Ackles (one Tree Hill)
Maggie Lawson (Two and a Half Men)

The film describes the misadventures of the staff at the fictional chain restaurant Shenaniganz as they cope with competition from a Hooters-esque restaurant called Ta-Tas Wing Shack.


On the last night of the fiscal quarter, Dennis, Shenanigan’s manager, will be promoted to district manager if they have a $9000 day. To motivate the crew, he tells them the restaurant will close if they don’t meet this goal. His competition is next door: Ta-Ta’s, a bar with scantily clad waitresses, managed by the newly self-confident Calvin, from the original movie. At Ta-Ta’s, it’s Allison’s first day; she’s nervous. At Shenanigan’s, Mason, a cook, is trying his best to be cool, without success. As the shift wears on, each employee faces his worst fears, and Dennis tries to learn how to attract women. Next door, Calvin and Allison make self discoveries. It all ends at the post-shift party.

the film is still enjoyable, if not a bit redundant. Luis Guzman, Chi McBride, David Koechner, Rob Benedict, Andy Milonakis, Max Kasch and Vanessa Lengies all return, but it is Alanna Ubach — reprising the role of the in-conquerable Naomi — who really steals the show. Thankfully, she’s a big character in the film, and if it weren’t for her return, this movie wouldn’t be half as great as it is. Justin Long, pops in briefly to drag down the mood, but to also take a jab at the character he played in the first film, as well as any other film he’s been in. The film is filled with plenty of food-service in-jokes and enough gross-out humor to satisfy, even if it drops the ball on telling an interesting story with it’s new characters. Thanks to a returning cast, as well as solid direction by Jeff Balis (who served as a producer for the first film), “Still Waiting…” is a worthy refill. It’s nowhere near as potent as “Waiting…” but in comparison to other DTV fair, it’s worth watching.

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REVIEW: WAITING…

CAST

Ryan Reynolds (The Voices)
Anna Faris (Mom)
Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers)
David Koechner (Anchorman)
Luis Guzmán (Anger Managment)
Chi McBride (Humant Target)
John Francis Daley (Bones)
Kaitlin Doubleday (Catch Me if You Can)
Rob Benedict (Birds of Prey)
Alanna Ubach (Legally Blonde)
Dane Cook (Employee of The Month)
Jordan Ladd (Death Proof)
Emmanuelle Chriqui (Ripper)

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 or annoying 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, telling Dean he’s been “replaced.” 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.Not claiming to be high brow or anything other than a fun comedy with some sick scenes and a clear message to those intending to be rude to their waiting staff…. if you like films along the lines of American Pie then you will love this….ing