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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Violence & Scariness
Just humilating games.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Much discussion of male sexual anatomy and profanity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Two busboys are constantly high; underage drinking and drug use.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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