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By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

An undercooked, overdone raunchy comedy.

Movie NR 2005 92 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

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 who supposedly "reviewed" this movie though confused me a bit though. Heather Boerner says "this film is full of teenage sex", "A teenage girl is manipulated into sex with a much older man" and "The main characters also act antisocially toward their customers." And it makes me wonder if in fact, Heather actually watched the movie or did someone else watch it and just tell her about it? I will break down the 3 trouble areas with her review. 1. "This film is full of teenage sex." There is only one sex scene in the movie and it happens between two adults. No teenagers have sex in the movie period. 2. "A teenage girl is manipulated into sex with a much older man." One of the on going jokes through out the movie is that Monty (played by Ryan Reynolds) is a pedophile. Natasha is a hostess at the restaurant. She's 17 years old. If Dean and Monty are the same age or close to it, then Monty is somewhere around 22 years old which doesn't make him much older than her at all. But besides all of that, Natasha isn't all the innocent either. As when she talks to Dan The Restaurant's Manager (played by David Koechner) she tells him that she's into older men and even tells Monty before the party that "I think most tainted youths end up being perverts." However, at no point does Monty have sex with Natasha. She wants too but he, himself, stops it. 3. "The main characters also act antisocially toward their customers." There is only one point in the movie with a waiter or waitress is "antisocial" towards any customers. It's when Dean (played by Justin Long) feels that he got jipped on a tip. The rest of the time the staff is very friendly to the guests while face to face even when the guests are being extremely rude. Just remember... Don't mess with the people who handle your food.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

This funny movie is not suitable for kids.

I find this movie hilarious, but it's definitely not for kids or young teens. Tons of drug use, lots of sexual references and sexual behavior, and non-stop profanity. It really does depict the life of a server very well though.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (7 ):

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.

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