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  • "Waitress" is a bad movie when judged by the Hollywood standard. The technical aspects fall short of generally accepted norms, the editing sometimes makes you wonder if they resorted to using what they had instead of the best takes, the acting wavers between inspired and insipid, and the writing cannot stay on track long enough to get any single aspect of the story to the front, to allow a single thread to connect the feature.

    All of the above combine to make a lurching, bumbling, lost in the dark movie that just also happens to be fun to watch. It could have been better-- but a better film would not have been as good.

    Waitress is fun. Not "PC" in any form, not a glossy product, just fun in the context of the time it was made. A bad movie that is fun to watch-- another example of the contradiction of the American Dream.
  • This movie qualifies as a "guilty" pleasure...a loopy plot surrounding an aspiring actress and her restauranteur-wannabe boyfriend (and actually featuring some quality 'soft-core' sex scenes that actually enhance the plot/humor), intercut with some of the best/worst sight gags and one-liners ever filmed. You actually wait for the the next joke, to see if it will fall into one or the other categories!

    A major complain is that the movie never really decides WHAT to be--soft-core porn, slapstick comedy or gag-fest. That indecisiveness really throws off the movie's plot, wherever it is.

    You will never, ever order wine the same after seeing this movie.
  • I bought Waitress! because I was interested to see Lloyd Kaumfan and the Troma Team's roots before the making of The Toxic Avenger, SGT Kabukiman NYPD, Tromeo and Juliet, and so on. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this movie is not as bad as everyone says it is. Actually, this movie is quite funny. It basically has the same jokes as The Toxic Avenger...just no gore. The movie seems plot less until we start to get into it a little more, and a plot actually evolves as we follow a wanna be actress and a wanna be news reporter. They both find love, and make it yet another love story, only a wild wacky one. The jokes in this film are funny for the most part, especially the "6 feet...and 11 inches" joke which is clearly the funniest part of the film. If you liked The Toxic Avenger, and other stupid comedies, see Waitress! You may or may not be disappointed.
  • Troma Entertainment is not known for quality films, but this one is really bad. This movie has it all: bad acting, bad directing, bad writing, bad set design, bad costumes and even a bad soundtrack. The best part of the movie is watching for the sight gags behind the main scene, like the heart attack victim being revived by jumper cables. Although the DVD seems to be marketed as soft porn (the actresses featured in lingerie on the cover) that isn't at all what this film is about. The intro says its about women's lib--maybe barely. There are lots of really bad jokes, including vaudeville style jokes shoe-horned into the script despite the fact that they do nothing to advance the plot (lots of farces do this, but this wasn't supposed to be farce--at least I don't think it was!).

    But the most remarkable thing about this movie is that it seems to have killed the careers of almost every actor who appeared in it! There are 214 credited parts, and of those 157 actors never appeared in another film. None of the three female leads ever did another movie or TV show.

    I think it is quite possible that this movie ranks as the all-time leader in "last movie they ever did" category.

    There are a couple of actors who actually survived the film. In the intro to the DVD they mention Chris Noth (Big on "Sex in the City"; "Law and Order") and Larry "Bud" Melman. Noth has no lines and is barely recognizable in the 10 seconds of screen time; Melman has two lines. Anthony John Denison has a major part (Moe), and amazingly went on to have a very successful career. He is definitely the exception; everyone else in the movie must have changed careers.
  • If you've seen Troma's The Toxic Avenger, then you can get ready for Waitress. While it's not the horror movie Toxic was, its humor is matched 100 percent by Toxic.

    Corny like a Sunday, Waitress is still one of my favorite films. It's VERY funny, most people are scared to say that this film is good, because they're afraid people will think they are dumb, well I have an above average IQ, a building full of friends and a sweet life, and I say Waitress is good.

    On a scale of 1 to 10, Waitress gets a 9!
  • "Waitress!" is about as bad as a comedy can get. It can barely be called a movie; it's more like a collage of randomly connected images and scenes that don't build from each other or move any sort of plot forward. And the editing is so rapid it may give you a headache. I'd give this dreadful film 0.5 out of 4 stars.
  • You pretty know what to expect in a Troma Team production. I laughed twice during the whole affair, where fifteen minutes in it's nearing, it got utterly ridiculous, for 10 minutes, I mouthed the words, "This fu...d". Then a sane moment came back, in which I was a highly relieved. If you're not aware, Troma Team, makes these insanely stupid rubbishy movies, you so long for a Chuck Norris movie alone. But there is a kind of smartness, amongst all the inanity, which if you're a budding actor, who've hit bad times, you may want to shun away from seeing thus. The lead character (Drake) who I'm sure, would be in other TT sh.t is this budding actress, and of course she's a waitress, longing for that break, like many actors and actress's today. She's probably the worst auditionee you've ever seen, as she's really never been given a chance. The movie resembles similar scenarios in films, about how woman are reduced to unclothing themselves, and virtually used as an admiring piece of T and A, and Drake is hot, that's for sure, like a few who work in the back of her kitchen. Another waitress just happens to be a writer. So we kind of have like two stories, but if making reservations to eat at your next restaurant, reserve yourself the right, not to to watch this film, cause what happens in the kitchen, is pretty disgusting, where the film makers must be pretty disgusting themselves. A tried rubbishy comedy, full of unfunny double meanings and some 'What' the f..k moments?'' For the very undemanding. And whoever heard of a waiter serving a Rolls chicken, literally. 2.5/10
  • This movie starts out with an aspiring actress by the name of "Andrea Morgan" (Carol Drake) being rejected for a part in a Broadway play and then resuming her normal job as a waitress. The next scenario involves a failed writer named "Jennifer Martin" (Carol Bevar) who is hired by "Mature Teen Magazine" to write an article on how to pick up men. In the process she also works as a waitress at the same place as Andrea. The third scenario has a spoiled rich woman named "Lindsey Cavendish" (Renata Hickey) being thrown out of her father's house and forced to work at the exact same restaurant as both Andrea and Jennifer. Unfortunately for all three of them, this particular restaurant is a terrible place to work and an even worse place to eat. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this film is quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen. The acting was bad, the script was awful and the comedy was entirely non-existent. It was sheer torture to watch. But don't take my word for it-all it takes is about the first 15 minutes to see for yourself. And it goes downhill from there. Again, it's really, really bad.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Comedies made by Troma will certainly never win any awards for either sharp wit or exceptional subtlety, but boy are they usually enjoyable and amusing in an admittedly crude and stupid sort of way. This lively and breezy item is a good example of what I'm talking about: Sure, it's extremely dumb and decidedly bereft of any genuine artistic merit, but it still gets plenty of big laughs because it's so giddy, blatant, and unapologetic in its spirited inanity. Directors Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, working from a busy and loopy script by Charles Kaufman and Michael Stone, keep the movie barnstorming along at a constant zippy pace and deliver a nonstop barrage of gloriously moronic jokes with considerable rip-roaring energy (yep, we get the inevitable gags about a fly in the soup and spitting in the soap). The three female leads are charming and attractive: fetching brunette Carol Drake as sweet and determined aspiring actress Andrea, cute blonde Carol Bevar as naive hick chick reporter Jennifer, and the adorable Renata Hickey as feisty teen troublemaker Lindsey. The rest of the cast joyfully overact with tremendous enthusiasm, with especially praiseworthy contributions by Jim Harris as harried diner owner Jerry, Hunt Block as likable medical student Bill, Anthony John Denison as cocky hillbilly stud Moe, Ed Fenton as uptight Broadway producer Mr. Bellerman, and Augie Grompone as crazed drunken Russian chef Piebalt. Since this is a Troma picture, naturally there's a generous sprinkling of tasty female nudity. Lloyd Kaufman's surprisingly polished cinematography boasts plenty of snazzy visuals flourishes. The infectiously bouncy soundtrack likewise hits the get-down groovy spot. A total hoot.
  • This film is so full of sight gags and comedy madness, that it will take multiple viewings to catch them all. The film brilliantly captures the world of New York City restaurants, and the many people working as wait staff workers, trying to break into show business. This film has gratuitous breasts, and farting, enough to cause major laughs. As far as a time capsule, this film has many shots showing "old New York City" which is fun to see. Look for a very young Chris Noth in a tiny bit part. Kaufmann has done it again, delivered a masterpiece on a small budget thus proving the point that anyone can make their own damn movie. ****
  • Warning: Spoilers
    WAITRESS! is an early film put out by the Troma team of Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman before they hit on their winning bad taste formula with the likes of THE TOXIC AVENGER. This one's also a comedy, but it's a straight comedy, about some girls working as waitresses and having to contend with the whys and wherefores of the job.

    An early plot strand sees one of the girls auditioning for a theatrical group and finding her audition less than successful. This part is very uninteresting and seems to have been included just to pad out the overlong running time. The film was shot in New York and successfully captures the hustle and bustle of big city life, but as a comedy it should really be funny and it never is. It seems to be going for the same vibe as KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE or ANIMAL HOUSE but never succeeds. As for the Troma staples, there is a little nudity here but none of the bad taste material you'd expect from the studio.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    By the humble standards of Troma, "Waitress!" is indeed great fun. The only reason I'm not giving the movie a 10/10 rating is that I thought it ran just a little bit too long. The problem, however, is what scenes could you cut? The movie is sheer fun, and it's funny, funny, funny all the way from the opening credits, almost to the very end. In addition to the hilarious script, the acting is excellent and the direction extremely well timed. Even production values hit a high mark in this Troma release and are anything but skimpy. Photography, editing, set design, sound recording and other credits are as smooth as you would expect from a grade "A" major studio production.

    "Waitress!" is included in "The Sexy Box" DVD, along with three other Troma productions that don't come anywhere near the same standard. The worst is easily "Stuck On You!" which starts off on the wrong foot and manages to get worse and worse as it tumbles through history. Oops! "Tumbles" is the wrong word here. The totally unfunny scenario does anything but tumble. It moves with the speed of a convalescent snail.

    Both "Squeeze Play!" and "The First Turn-On!" are mildly watchable and could even have been made reasonably entertaining with more astute acting, directing and especially editing,