Indie Gems: Waiting...
Do not fuck with the people that handle your food.
If you've ever waited tables (I did for a few years) then this movie will speak to you. If not, then it probably comes off as just another raunchy comedy.
Dean (Justin Long) doesn't wait to be a waiter forever. He's offered the assistant manager position at the restaurant and he has until the end of his shift to decide. He tries to keep it to himself, and goes about his day. We also get to know the rest of the staff. Womanizer Marty, (Ryan Reynolds) sweet Serena, (Anna Faris) always pissed Naomi. (Alanna Ubach) Add in crude cooks, lazy dishwashers and snarky bar tenders and we've pretty much met the whole gang as they prepare for their dinner rush.
There are a number of things Waiting does that are pretty spot on. Some of the characters in the film are easily co-workers I had. The trash talking of bitchy customers, the cooks playing games, the fake smiles the servers put on as they hit the floor, it all made me laugh. Am I pushing it by calling this film an Indie? (
yes) It had a limited release to start with, and a pretty small budget. I didn't get to see it until it was on DVD. For me, it was worth the wait. It was funny, very true, short and simple.
Memorable Quote: "There are few things in this world more unsettling than going in the back to grab some condiments and end up staring at a huge, steaming pile of cock." - Marty (Ryan Reynolds)