Waiting (15)

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A rancid slice of American Pie-style gross-out, Waiting tries to create hilarity from the daily grind of employment at a chain restaurant. But whereas other workplace comedies (The Office is the ne plus ultra of the genre) turn personal animosities and perpetual boredom into something true, and therefore funny, this just piles up a dungheap of witless riffs on food, sex and restaurant clientele that are either borderline racist or homophobic.

Ryan Reynolds slouches through his usual charmless "cool" routine, while Luis Guzman (old enough to know better) obsesses over a staff game that involves exposing his private parts to unsuspecting colleagues.

As revolting as this is, it's no worse than any of the other feeble sallies the film sees fit to indulge.

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