Where to begin...testicles...pubic hair...a restaurant...and a wait staff. Yep, that sums it up.
"Waiting..." (and I put the periods in there on purpose for director Rob McKittrick) is set in your everyday American restaurant, where a wait staff and the rest of the workers deal with everyday customers. Dean (Justin Long) has his Associates Degree and just doesn't know what to do with his life, while his best friend Monty (Ryan Reynolds) is completely content being a waiter. Monty also really enjoys showing the new guy Mitch (John Francis Daley) around the restaurant, which includes some crazy introductions to Raddimus (Luis Guzman), Floyd (Dane Cook) and the rest of the kitchen staff.
That's it in a nutshell..."Waiting..." goes behind-the-scenes of Shenaniganz and shows us what life is like for the waiters, waitresses, and other staff of a restaurant...from genital showing games to dropped food to poor tipping customers, we see it all! "Waiting..." is fairly shallow and doesn't delve deep into character development as much as it probably could have. That said, "Waiting..." is still a riot. It is an absolute blast for only the fans of incredibly raunchy humor. Again I say...this one is NOT for everyone. Especially if you want to go to a sit-down restaurant without thinking twice of what goes on in the kitchens...please be aware of what you are getting into by watching this film!
With an incredibly diverse cast, "Waiting..." could easily have been a mess of talent all trying to outdo each other, but it ends up working quite well. Justin Long takes a back seat to the funny, becoming more laid back than his normal quirky self and letting Dane Cook and Ryan Reynolds hold down the comedy. I love Justin Long and think he is a hilarious guy, but there is part of me that would have wanted him to let loose just a little more. But again...it still worked well the way it happened.
First time director Rob McKittrick had his hands full with this one and does a really good job brining his script to life, all the way from his memories and background to the big screen. "Waiting..." is not perfect...it has its flaws and definitely isn't for everyone, but it is a fun film that a lot of people will really enjoy and get a good laugh from.
With a 1080p AVC MPEG-4 codec, "Waiting..." gets a very nice transfer. Skin tones are spot on...nice and even...and have some great detail. The blacks are good, dark, and rich and the colors really pop. On the color side some things seem a little warm at times and there are a couple times that grain is noticeable. Overall "Waiting..." gets a fantastic treatment with this release that I was absolutely shocked to see. Because there weren't a lot of location changes we didn't get much variety in colors, but what color was present was GREAT!
Wow, here we get a 7.1 Uncompressed PCM and 5.1 Dolby Digital Ex track. This was unexpected...especially considering that only a handful of movies even have a 7.1 track. Being a film that is filled with dialogue, "Waiting..." is pleasing in everyway when it comes to dialogue. Everything is very even, the surrounds are filled with enough subtle effects that our ears are continuously satisfied. My only complaint is that I had to turn up the volume because the overall sound was a little quiet.
Here we go...let's get started with the plethora of extras.
Director Intro: Rob McKittrick does an intro to "Waiting..." as he walks us through what some of the new features are on BD.
The Workz: This is a great feature that should just be considered one feature and not broken up into a zillion parts. We are run through the entire making of with cast and crew speaking out and filling us in on anything and everything we could possibly want to know about the film. There is even an interactive feature where you can click on the hotdog and jump to some commentary. This feature is awesome...it is a lot of fun, and the cast and crew have some great insights that are fun and entertaining to listen to.
The Little Extra: This extra is a little repetitive, but cast and crew sound off again about the film, so it ends up feeling more like a promotional piece. It's okay.
Side Dishez: These are the extra scenes in the Workz feature.
Deleted Scenez/Alternate Takez: Meh...not much here.
Outtakez: Some funny things...not too many things here to watch.
Going to the Moviez with Rob and Andy: The Waiting... Premiere: This is just commentary on behind the scenes footage from the premiere. It's another okay feature.
Expanded Telestrator Commentary: Rob McKittrick, and Producer Jeff Ballis jump into a great commentary in which Rob and Jeff really hit it off well. They explain each scene in loving detail, give us insights, and laugh at it together. Definitely worth a watch as they pause the film, laugh, and draw and highlight certain areas to remember and watch out for.
Cast and Crew Commentary: Rob McKittrick, Venessa Lengies, John Francis Daley, Andy Milonakis, Dean Shull, Co-producer Rob Benedict, and Anna Faris all chime in. This is actually a good commentary that is quite candid and feels like they all love what is going on. My only complaint is having to listen to Milonakis the entire time. He is awful, he tells dumb jokes that are not funny, he talks way too much, and is just plain raunchy for no reason. I felt as if I was listening to a 14-year old boy trying to fit in with the cool kids group by swearing and telling dirty jokes...I couldn't stand it. If you can get past that the rest of it is good.
"Waiting..." is a lighthearted, fun look at what hopefully doesn't go on at restaurants. The cast is fantastic and is helmed by a great first time director. It is definitely not for everyone, but those who are aware that it is dirty going into watching the film should thoroughly enjoy. The audio and video are great, and we are treated with an extraordinary amount of extras. I have to tell you to Rent this one first.