Everyone knows that waiters and waitresses at a busy big city bistro are really just aspiring actors, models, and writers looking for a shot at stardom. What they don't know is that tonight—while dealing with obnoxious customers, cranky chefs, and a hot-headed owner—some will get their big break, some will break up and others will break down. Also featuring Eric Bogosian and Joshua Leonard in a stellar ensemble cast, only time will tell whether the colorful crew will make it through the night without losing their jobs.
In the Weeds
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The acting was superb, the characters were so accurate it was hysterical, and the lighting and overall aesthetic were also perfect (anyone who has ever worked in the service industry will understand what it feels like to be stuck in the same annoying lighting and ugly mustard hues for hours on end). The running gag with the wine key (we've all been there), the gay manager, the maniacal executive chef, the greedy, section-stealing server, the nightmare customers, and the monster of an owner were all just precious and reminded me of just about every restaurant I've ever worked in.
In the Weeds was also a perfect "day in the life" kind of movie-no unrealistic dramas or ground-breaking epiphanies, just everyday life- but it mananges not to be boring or depressing at the same time. I'm not sure how much someone who has never worked in the service industry would appreciate it, but it's still very funny. By the way, if you like this movie, check out bitterwaitress.com- great site.
I think most of us know what it is like to work at an unfulfilling job and wonder if our dreams will ever come true; at some point, you have to face the fact that all of your big plans for the future may never happen - that's when you truly become an adult, and the way you deal with that realization determines what kind of an adult you are going to be. Will you keep fighting or just give up? Among the restaurant staff in this little passion play of a movie are an aspiring playwright, a couple of aspiring actors (one of whom went to Julliard), a cynical thirty-something, an angelic rookie/social worker - and of course a tramp, an illegal alien or two, and a sadistic cook (if Eminem were a cook, he would be this guy). The manager (Sam Harris) is a somewhat high-strung, quirky fellow who's really a good guy, but the owner (Eric Bogosian) is an uncaring monster - and he just so happens to be entertaining a client in the restaurant tonight. Adam (Joshua Leonard), our aspiring playwright and all-around good guy, has the "honor" of working that table, and it's an ordeal and a half.Read more ›
In the Weeds takes a single slice of time in the restaurant world's life: an evening meal. In this line up we have the newbie, the career server, a movie star in waiting, the screenwriter hoping to be recognized, the promiscuous girl, an illegal alien or two busboy/back server/food runner, the scan artist, the spineless manager, the ruthless chef and overworked pastry chef and ass of an owner. Funny, I've seen a good many restaurants like this. The storyline was pretty weak, all in all, but it was worth a one time watch - especially if you work in a restaurant. Guaranteed, you'll identify and recognize a character or two or perhaps a customer or two.
In the Weeds is hard to pidgeon-hole to genre. It really isn't funny enough to be a comedy not dry enough to be drama. It just is.
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It took me awhile to get into the groove of this film; in some places, it felt like they were trying too hard with the stereotypes.Published on July 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
really enjoyed this film. Good cast... pretty true for kids trying to make it in NYC.
and a good lesson on why you should never piss-off the wait-staff
The rating should really be 3 1/2 stars; this is a solid piece of work with a lot of smart dialog. It makes a fitting companion movie to the stronger Dinner Rush which I highly... Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by LGwriter