In the Weeds

"Weak"

In the Weeds Review


Setting your movie in a restaurant is as close to punting as it gets in moviedom. Someone does it every couple of years (1998: Restaurant, 2000: Dinner Rush), and today they have all blended together into one enormous plate of mashed potatoes and warmed-over gravy.

And while I can understand how laziness can motivate a writer/director to base yet another movie on waitstaff working thankless jobs in a restaurant while dreaming of lives on the outside (just imagine how big the audience of waiters and waitresses must be!), I can't begin to fathom why he'd title that film In the Weeds -- and why a studio like Miramax would allow that title to stick on the eventual straight-to-DVD release that occurs five years after the film's production.

At least the instinct to keep the movie out of theaters was a wise one: In the Weeds is probably the worst of the restaurant movies I've seen over the last decade. Despite an engaging cast that includes Molly Ringwald, Joshua Leonard (Josh from The Blair Witch Project), Ellen Pompeo, and Bonnie Root, the script is so ascerbic and unfunny that we're given no chance to connect with the characters.

Most of the movie tries to illuminate the fact that restaurants are crappy places to work: A cruel chef threatens to kill everyone else who works there. The boss (Eric Bogosian) demands perfection. An asshole diner (Peter Riegert) requests outrageous treatment (six ice cubes exactly!). We get the picture.

This might be OK if the "good guys" (that is, the waitstaff) had something going for them. But amid all the usual cinematic restaurant shenanigans (The ring is in the wrong creme brulee!), why should we care about the personal struggles of these equally cantankerous waiters and waitresses? An aspiring actor who can't get a part, a model who can't get a job, and a playwright who can't get his production staged?

Welcome to the real world, folks.



In the Weeds

Facts and Figures

Run time: 91 mins

In Theaters: Sunday 11th June 2000

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

IMDB: 6.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Adam, as Chloe, as Martha, Michael B. Silver as Marlon, as Jonathan, as Simon, as Chris, as Becky, as Kurt, Godfrey as Stan, as Barry, as Alice, as Amy, Lenny Citrano as Jack, Rene Millan as Hector

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Churchill Movie Review

Churchill Movie Review

This drama about the iconic British prime minister tells a darkly personal story set over...

Gifted Movie Review

Gifted Movie Review

This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy...

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Notorious British filmmaker Nick Broomfield teams up with Austrian music documentary producer Rudi Dolezal to...

The Mummy Movie Review

The Mummy Movie Review

To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky...

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

Daphne du Maurier's 1951 mystery-romance novel has been adapted for theatre, radio, TV and film,...

Wilson Movie Review

Wilson Movie Review

It's never helpful when a comedy becomes a bit too smug about its own quirkiness....

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

A fictionalised story from the life of Wolfgang Mozart, this lavishly produced period drama is...

Advertisement
The Hippopotamus Movie Review

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

This British satirical comedy may be a bit of a mess, but since it's based...

Detour Movie Review

Detour Movie Review

This may look like a rather typical American indie thriller, but British filmmaker Christopher Smith...

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Boldly optimistic, this action-packed adventure breathes fresh life into the DC universe with a welcome...

Baywatch Movie Review

Baywatch Movie Review

Clearly, it's a risky proposition adapting a cheesy vintage TV series for the big screen:...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Subtitled Salazar's Revenge in the UK, this fifth film in the long-running series never quite...

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.