Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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An undercooked, overdone raunchy comedy.
  • NR
  • 2005
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No real role models in this film, except perhaps for Dean, who's trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. He's kind to his girlfriend, but participates in mean tricks.


Just humilating games.


An older man manipulates a teen girl into sex, much discussion of deflowering an underage girl, a guy and girl are shown in bed together.


Much discussion of male sexual anatomy and profanity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Two busboys are constantly high; underage drinking and drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is full of teenage sex, gay jokes, and references to male anatomy. The main characters play a game where they expose themselves to one another and call each other gay for looking. A teenage girl is manipulated into sex with a much older man. Two busboys spend the movie getting high. The main characters also act antisocially toward their customers.

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Parent of a 18+-year-old Written byA Caring Mother May 19, 2019
Adult Written byDopinder September 3, 2018

if you liked Deadpool or have ever worked in a restaurant

This is a great movie. Yes it's raunchy and inappropriate. It's basically Deadpool minus the violence if Wade Wilson worked in a restaurant. The woman... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bypolitzer0000 June 23, 2019

alright nothing special

kind of boring... no role models or complicated plot.
Kid, 11 years old January 13, 2013


very sexual and raunchy

What's the story?

WAITING is about Dean (Justin Long) and his buddies at a TGI Fridays-type theme restaurant. While Dean, a high school honors student turned future restaurant assistant manager, struggles with what to do next with his life, his friend Monty ( Ryan Reynolds) is busy cruising underage girls, insulting a girl he used to date, and showing the ropes to the new kid (John Francis Daley). Among the other stock characters are the hilariously burnt out Amy, the lecherous older cook Raddimus, the contemptible customers, the pothead suburban pseudo-gangsters Nick and T-Dog, the ineffectual boss --and set pieces. There's the prissy customer who keeps sending her food back until, stepped on and otherwise defiled by the kitchen staff, the food finally returns to her in a way she can stomach. There's the tempting deflowering of an underaged hostess. There's the attempt by the boss to become friends with his employees.

Is it any good?

Waiting tries to be everything, but unfortunately, it doesn't do anything particularly well. It attempts to be a coming-of-age movie, teenage sex farce, romantic comedy, and worker angst flick -- and sticks it all together with the, er, glue of "pervert" jokes and politically incorrect humor.

If there's any reason to watch this movie -- and that's a big if -- it's for Justin Long's sympathetic rendering of a guy in the throes of his quarter-life crisis. When his former honors class peer comes in to rub Dean's nose in his success, you want to punch him just as much as Dean does. And when Dean finally makes his decision about his future, you cheer him on.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they would do in Dean's situation. Would you stay with your friends or start a new job? Also, what attracts teens to these kinds of gross-out sex comedies? Is the raunchy humor necessary?

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