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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Geared to 16-year-olds who can't name the governor of their state, this movie ought to be closed down by the health department.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Allison Benedikt

    Could have been a funny movie. There are a few truths about food-service that McKittrick gets right but doesn't fully exploit.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There must be humor here somewhere.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Doesn't serve up enough laughs to build a theatrical following but could find life on video as a takeout item.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    With its sweet stupidity and shoddy production values, Waiting... knowingly evokes bad '80s R-rated comedies, but the differences are telling.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

An undercooked, overdone raunchy comedy.

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Just humilating games.

  • sex false5

    Sex: 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.

  • language false5

    Language: Much discussion of male sexual anatomy and profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two busboys are constantly high; underage drinking and drug use.