The problem with direct to video sequels is that they almost always fall short of the original. That is definitely the case with today’s movie. I mean, when you can’t get some of the bigger name stars to return, you are already at a disadvantage. I will be honest, I saw this on the video shelves as Blockbuster was going out of business and I didn’t consider renting it. Instead, I decided “What the hell” and just bought it. I am honestly not sure how big of a mistake this was but there is only one way to find out, and that is the go ahead and watch Still Waiting.
The plot: Dennis, the manager of a Shenaniganz restaurant, is hopeful that after 10 years on the job, he will be made district manager but knows it won’t be easy since the new restaurant, Ta-Ta’s, has opened up next door and stolen away most of his customers and some of his waitresses. However, his mother, who he still lives with, doesn’t share his enthusiasm and comments on his lack of a girlfriend as they eat breakfast. Meanwhile, Allison and her boyfriend Agnew are arguing about her quitting Shenaniganz and going to work at Ta-Ta’s. When Allison heads inside Ta-Ta’s, she is met by her friend Suzy and taken to pick out her uniform and then introduced to Raddimus, who is the head cook there. As Radimus is asked to show her around the kitchen area, he tries to tell her about this game he is starting up (a variation of the penis game he started at Shenaniganz) but Suzy tells him that none of the girls are interested in playing his game. Back at Shenaniganz, Dennis is going over his numbers when he is interrupted by Dan, a former manager of a Shenaniganz before he went Corporate, and Dan tells him that if he doesn’t have a $9000 night in order to make his numbers for the quarter, he won’t get the district manager’s position. Dennis decides to hold a staff meeting before the restaurant opens and tells the crew that if they don’t have a $9000 night then the store will be closed, attempting to get them motivated for fear of losing their jobs. After their normal lunch hour rush, featuring mainly senior citizens, Dennis checks to registers to find they only did just over $2000 worth of business. He heads over to Ta-Ta’s to speak with Calvin, the manager there and another former Shenaniganz employee. Aside from asking about the business, Dennis asks him about how he was able to change his attitude and Calvin tells him about some DVD’s he ordered that taught him how to be an asshole in order to pick up girls, which boosted his confidence. After a massive call in order boosts their sales numbers, Dennis works to keep them motivated during the dinner rush. Meanwhile, Nick is upset with Theo leaving Shenaniganz to work at Ta-Ta’s and Theo tells him that they needed to grow up, forcing Nick to examine himself and decide to try and change as well. Naomi attempts to help steer business away from Ta-Ta’s by lying to the customers before they get in but Calvin catches her and tells her to leave. As she does, she ends up stepping in dog crap and wipes it off on the side of the restaurant only to have a fly land in it. The fly then makes it’s way into the restaurant during the height of the dinner rush and lands in a bowl of soup as Amber delivers it, causing the customer to send it back and other customers to change their orders. As the cooks work on dealing with the order changes, Mason, the cook in charge of the frier and french onion soups, gets tired of being picked on all the time and quits. As the night ends, Allison shows up at the restaurant and tells Agnew that she is dumping him, revealing that she is hooking up with Raddimus. Meanwhile, Dennis is payed a visit by Dan and the general manager, Dean. Dean explains that he didn’t hit his numbers and he won’t be getting the district manager position but it could be worse as he could be like Dan. Dennis goes to tell the staff that they did a good job but they did not reach their mark. When the employees all worry about them closing the restaurant, he tells them not to worry, then lies and says that he paid the difference. One of the servers decides to invite him out to the bar to join them for drinks and he agrees. While the gang is all there, Amber hears Mason talking and is attracted to the way he speaks and hooks up with him. While this is going on, Calvin, who was supposed to meet up with one of his servers for the night, ends up losing his confidence and she blows him off. Meanwhile, Dennis ends up hitting on a drunken Naomi and she takes him back to his place to have sex. When she wakes up in the morning, she is horrified at first but decides to go ahead and have sex with him again.
Yeh, this was definitely a disappointing movie and a poor attempt to try and cash in on the original’s somewhat cult status. The acting was ok, with John Michael Higgins doing a good job as the good intentioned Dennis, while the returning characters were decent and did show some growth from the original movie but there really were too many characters to really give them all the attention they really deserved. The story was honestly a little weak and not very original, as the whole place trying to make a quota by the end of the day, has been done over and over in movies before. The comedy was some of the same coarse humor that was in the first movie, only it just came across as even more juvenile and rather lame. Yeh, direct to video sequels are always hit or miss on if they capture the magic of the original and in this case, they fell pretty flat.
Rating: 2 out of 5