Parents' Guide to

Waffle Street

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Book-based redemption tale has some cursing.

Movie PG 2015 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

I wish they made more movies like this.

This is an excellent movie, with an excellent cast. It’s inspirational and deals with integrity and the work ethic. It’s much more realistic than most Hollywood movies. If you want CGI and explosions and martial arts, it’s not for you.
age 10+


Terrible acting compliments the patronising storyline making it hard to relate to. Cringed the whole way through and couldn't cope watching the whole thing. Painful and feels like it was done on a budget

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Waffle Street is awash in syrup of folksy amiability. James Lafferty is both serious and whimsical as a well-meaning math nerd who loves finance but is so driven to meet his firm's unreasonable target numbers that he makes unethical moves that embarrass the firm and get him fired. The man who has spent $50,000 pursuing two business degrees finds out that higher education has nothing on the knowledge that an ex-con grill cook has to teach him about business and life. Glover is gleeful as the cook who spent 27 years in prison and is now not wasting a moment with dishonesty or feeling sorry for himself. Julie Gonzalo is also appealing as Jim's supportive wife. The message that there's more meaning in living honestly and giving back than there is in accumulating great wealth at the cost of self-respect will resonate with parents struggling to raise generous and hard-working children.

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