Still Waiting... (2009) - Unrated

Genre(s): Comedy
Lions Gate || Unrated - 90 minutes - $19.98 || February 17, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-03-11


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Jeff Balis
Writer(s): Rob McKittrick (written by)
Cast:


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Anyone remember the film Waiting? Well, I do. One day while walking through Best Buy the film was just there. A new release, direct to video, with a pretty funny looking slip cover. I took a glance at the cast list and saw it included Ryan Reynolds, Anna Farris, Dane Cook, John Francis Daley, Chi McBride and Justin Long! What, how the hell did this one go direct to video? I bought it, went home, and really enjoyed it. Apparently, I was not alone as it became a huge hit on DVD and spawned a sequel, Still Waiting... Well, itís been three years since the first film hit DVD and most of the cast became stars. So what's next? Introduce a whole new cast of characters while bringing back some of the previous in small cameos and get some extra boobies in the mix.

With most of the cast from the original flick gone to move on to bigger and better projects, the film was centered around the manager Dennis (Higgins), who lives at home with his mom, has no girlfriend, and dreams of becoming a District Manager because he somehow thinks it will score him some ladies. There is only one problem - if his store does not make $9,000 by the end of the night he won't even be in the running. As any good manager would do, he tells his employees that if they don't make that amount of money the restaurant will close down. Well, this pumps some much needed energy into the establishment and everyone tries their best to make that goal happen.

There is also another subplot with a Hooters-like place opening up next door to them that has been stealing all of their hot women... but it really serves no purpose in the long run, its just there to grab attention to those that are considering buying the DVD.

What went wrong is that with all the big stars gone they decided to try and clone as many of the previous stars as possible. Ryan Reynolds was one of the main characters from the previous film and he is replaced with Agnew (Howey), someone that not only kinda looks like him, but tries to mimic his personality as well - just not nearly as good. There is no Anna Farris or Justin Long wannabe (luckily), but the next cook staff is just plain bad. It makes me long for the comic styling of Dane Cook... and that's probably not a good thing. Don't worry, plenty of the stars from the first film make small cameos and we get Andy Milonakis and Adam Carolla!



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Writer Rob McKittrick & Director Jeff Balis

Deleted/Extended Scenes (21 Minutes) - A handful of scenes which are actually pretty funny, but since the film is already 90 minutes long I can see why these were nixed.

Sloppy Seconds: The Making of Still Waiting... (46 Minutes) - Now this is brutal. While most of these back-patting features run ten to twenty five minutes long this one clocks in at half the films run time! Anything good here? Nope....just some stories on set and how they really thought this film was going to be great.

And a typical Outtake Reel (5 Minutes).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Still Waiting... is presented in 1.78:1. Itís a definite step-up from the typical direct to video film (probably because this was supposed to go Theatrical) but it still has an issue with way too much grain and contrast being a bit too high.

A Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 tracks are included. I was actually impressed with the 5.1, which used the rears speakers quite often.



.::OVERALL::.

Still Waiting... is worth a rental, I'll give it that. While it produced some chuckles at of me there is simply not enough restaurant humor that make the first film seem so real (especially for someone like me that worked in food services). A decent selection of features and good picture and audio quality... I say give this one a spin!