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Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.8/10 (41,955 voted)

Critic's Score: 30/100

Rob McKittrick

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, John Francis Daley

It's the dinner shift at Shenanigan's. Dan, the clueless boss, assigns Mitch, 22, a trainee, to Monty, the smooth talker who chases girls for one-night stands. Dean, a waiter, also 22, feels that life is passing him by. Dan offers him the assistant manager job and gives him until midnight to decide. Other waiters, cooks, and bus boys have their issues and personalities. Bishop, the dishwasher, is their counselor. During this shift, Monty may learn something, Dean makes his decision, Dan makes a play for the not-yet-18 hostess, customers get their comeuppance, the guys all play the in-house homophobic flashing game, the gals demonstrate why they won't, and Mitch gets the last word.


Ryan Reynolds


Anna Faris


Justin Long


David Koechner


Luis Guzmán


Chi McBride


John Francis Daley


Kaitlin Doubleday


Rob Benedict


(as Robert Patrick Benedict)

Alanna Ubach


Vanessa Lengies


Max Kasch


Andy Milonakis


Dane Cook


Jordan Ladd


Hungry for Laughs? (DVD)


Official Website:
Lions gate Films [United States] |

Release Date: 7 October 2005

Filming Locations: Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $3,000,000


Opening Weekend: $6,021,106
(9 October 2005)
(1652 Screens)

Gross: $16,124,543

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


As an April Fools' Day joke, director Rob McKittrick and actor Luis Guzmán staged a "diva fight" on set. During the filming of the scene where Calvin imagines his co-workers cheering him on at the urinal, Guzmán pretended to ditch a line from the script in favor of his own line. The fight was so realistic that the other actors on set became very uncomfortable and quiet when Guzmán "stormed" out.


Crew or equipment visible:
When Dean gets to work with Serrena and his girlfriend, the camera is reflected in the window of his door when he opens it.


[referring to how he would use a woman like a bowling ball]
Two in the pink; one in the stink!

User Review

Austin Movie Show review

Rating: 10/10

I hated (HATED!) being a waitress, but this movie is so hilarious and
so ballsy that it almost makes me want to go back to the summer of 1999
to work one more shift at TGI Fridays. Waiting is the best, most
accurate, most honest, and most riotously funny movie ever made about
the service industry. Here's how I see it – the world is divided into
two groups of people: those who have waited tables and those who
haven't. Those who have never worked a day of their lives in a
restaurant may find this movie amusing, but they'll think it's too
absurd to be real, and they'll probably never give a second thought to
this movie ever again.

But those of you who have felt the pain, degradation, and humiliation
of waiting tables will p**s your pants laughing at how PERFECT this
movie is. First-time writer/director Rob McKittrick has created a
dead-on depiction of 24 hours in the restaurant biz. The movie opens at
a late-night party with lots of underage drinking, smoking, and sex.
Then we see the wait staff hung-over at work the next day. The
restaurant they all work at is called "Shenanigans," but it looks an
awful lot like the TGI Fridays I worked at.

All the characters in Waiting are based on the real people who work in
every restaurant. There's the hot/slutty/underage hostess, the fat and
ugly cook who somehow dates a really hot waitress, the stoner/punk bust
boy, and the manager with the chip on his shoulder. All the customers
in this film (the cheap red necks who don't know how to tip, the b****y
women, the drunk and horny men) are all customers I've waited on. And
no filmmaker has ever so accurately portrayed the complex and
irreconcilable tension between the wait staff and kitchen staff.

But at the end of the night, no matter what drama unfolds, no matter
what dishes brake, and no matter how much money you make in tips (or
don't make), everyone gets wasted and parties together, and you all
know you're in it together. Waiting simply tells a story about a
profession that most people never give a second thought to. But it
tells that story flawlessly. Can't wait for the DVD.