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Waffle Street

Waffle Street

Sep. 24, 2015 USA86 Min.
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Director

Eshom Nelms
Director

Cast

James Lafferty isJimmy Adams
Jimmy Adams
Danny Glover isEdward Collins
Edward Collins
Julie Gonzalo isBecky Adams
Becky Adams
Dale Dickey isCrazy Kathy
Crazy Kathy
Marshall Bell isMiles Drake III
Miles Drake III
Ernie Lively isWright Adams
Wright Adams
Melanie Stone isPeyton Allison
Peyton Allison
Katie Cockrell isCapri Kingsley
Capri Kingsley
Paul D. Hunt isPaul Roose
Paul Roose

Synopsis

WAFFLE STREET is the true story of Jimmy Adams, a V.P. of a $30 billion hedge fund, who loses his job and winds up working as a waiter at a waffle shop. Amidst the greasy madness of the 24-hour diner, Jimmy befriends Edward, an ex-con grill master who serves up hard lessons about life, finance, and grits.

Waffle Street
Waffle Street
Original titleWaffle Street
IMDb Rating6.2 3,444 votes
TMDb Rating6.2 37 votes

(16) comments

  • Red HaircrowMarch 15, 2016Reply

    Definitely a likable ”Slice of Life”

    As a non-Anglo professional person, having degrees which I worked hard
    to obtain, throughout I also worked in restaurant service and later as
    a chef to support those endeavors, so the premise of the film appealed
    to me for several reasons. Mostly because I work in what is considered
    to be a cerebral, academic field now where there are times you never
    have any personal connection with or support for or from colleagues, as
    compared to the team atmosphere in good kitchens.

    But in kitchens/restaurants I’ve seen them: the ”wealthy” or privileged
    who lost their jobs having to ”slum it” in places and with people they
    might have been polite to when being served but never considered
    otherwise. They never thought of them at all beyond what they needed at
    the moment, as people with other goals, professions or may have been
    artists, writers, very creative people that needed to support
    themselves in the gastronomy or hospitality business.

    It’s a fictionalized account of a memoir, a comedy/drama designed to
    present the main character as sympathetic, and in that I felt they
    succeeded.Though Jimmy’s attitude was, of course, about finding a job
    to support his now growing family he never looked down or slighted any
    of the other workers. Never the dreaded and ugly superiority complex
    for menial tasks. Some reviewers have pointed out, however, he got it
    easier because of his background to be accepted and trusted in such a
    position. I don’t disagree at all, but some films don’t need
    overthinking.

    I didn’t feel there was any agenda here to make him some kind of hero,
    though there is the reality in the US of the WMC having things easier
    because everything was built to support and facilitate and protect
    them. Sometimes though? Just watch the movie. The labels of redemption,
    etc.? Redemption from what? The character’s statement of his
    background, his schooling and yes, privilege might be vexing to some
    but it was just the truth. If you don’t like what was presented and
    how, help change America to where there is equality away from the
    century spanning oppression and privilege. Help change the presentation
    in film too, otherwise: face the facts. He couldn’t have changed who
    were his parents any more than anyone else, but it is what he does with
    the privilege that’s important. He still respected and treated others
    well, listened to them, tried to help. Whether it succeeded later was
    immaterial. We were just presented a ”slice of life.” Jimmy lost a big
    job from his own culpability then went to work in a comparatively
    ”lesser” job from the perspective of his parents and former colleagues,
    but found he liked it better as it was entirely more honest. One wishes
    more WMC might have such an awakening and the country and world would
    be a better place.

    Danny Glover was a nice but typical mentor, but it was a far better
    role than many he’s recently played in low budget/rating action films.
    Otherwise, the acting was okay in general, and nothing special about
    the filming or location but I liked it. Yes, there were very
    stereotypical portrayals of minority people that lessened the whole.
    That crap really isn’t necessary to be comical, and it just
    unnecessarily brought the film down a couple of levels to maybe get a
    laugh or two, but I liked the main characters. They were believable.
    The story wasn’t anything new but it was an hour and a half of
    likability. Also was nice to see ”Beetroot McKinley” again.

  • eladale-90211March 15, 2016Reply

    A bankrupt story about redemption

    The story is about greed, loss, and redemption. And that should strike
    a positive chord in many of us. But this film took a wrong turn from
    the beginning, as the greedy simply chewed up and spit out one of their
    own, James Adams, and apparently went on it’s merry way. Seeing their
    fall guy lose a few of his expensive assets didn’t garner sympathy from
    me. It should have brought about cheers from working class
    folks…..the ones who lost the most in the mortgage schemes
    exemplified in the opening scenes of the movie.

    Instead, when he lands in the middle of a Waffle House rip-off on Main
    Street, America, they welcome the fallen Adams into their midsts. And
    the working men and women he meets fit a neat paint-by-numbers
    stereotype of ”We are po’, but we are happy”. It seems the only person
    suffering more than a squabble with their wife is our protagonist. He
    is suffering through a scheme to finance another big deal that could
    save his way of life. How awful for him.

    I took this movie as an excuse for greed. I saw it as a marginalization
    of working America. Adams’ fall was a tiny bit of comeuppance for a
    small player in a system that stole a massive amount of wealth from the
    world and got away with it. I am happy for Mr. Adams’ real life
    turnaround and redemption. We are all entitled to redemption. But I am
    angered by the financial fiasco that was…and still is. I was annoyed
    at the treatment of working class folks. The film did manage to pull
    together a relatively cohesive story with nothing more than an endless
    string of clichés. That takes some skill. And that is why I gave this
    movie more than a 1.

    We are introduced to the main protagonist, James Adams, as a driven,
    focused man. Every attempt is made to portray him as afflicted with
    some Aspergers-like, Autistic Spectrum disorder. He is focused. He is
    blank. He responds inappropriately to social cues. And in that, he is
    well suited to his original corporate role of legally conning people
    into bad mortgage investments. These affectations may have been offered
    up as a reason or excuse for what he did in the financial world, but
    they do little to bring him to life or to win our hearts as the story
    goes forward.

    The character of Becky Adams, his wife, is portrayed as a spoiled,
    narcissistic and selfish woman who only seems to offer up real emotions
    when threatened with losing something she wants. She is also a very
    unsympathetic character.

    It is very difficult to feel their loss. More to the point, I found
    myself resenting them in their entitlement.

    As we go forward, we meet a short list of empty and false
    characterizations. From businessmen to Realtors to buyers…..the movie
    failed to miss one stereotypical portrayal. And I am dismayed about the
    smiling, happy portrayals of cooks, waitresses, and ex-cons. The film’s
    denial of the reality of working class issues shows that it is still
    rooted in the culture of wealth and greed and the American dream….for
    those who are privileged enough to still find it.

    Danny Glover’s portrayal of grill man, Edward Collins was workmanlike,
    but the character was bogged down with too many tired clichés. Glover
    tried, but the character was unsalvageable.

    The bright spot in the whole movie was Crazy Kathy, portrayed by Dale
    Dickey. Seemingly outrageous, Crazy Kathy was the most real, most human
    of them all. But credit also has to go to Adam Johnson for a fine
    acting job playing the manager, Mathew Linslow. He was very believable
    and added a hint of humor…..something the film really needed.

    We all know adversity and we all hope we can emerge from it as better
    people. The enlightenment that is found at the end of some personal
    trial is only a small part of the story. It’s the journey that makes up
    the substance of the tale. That is the meat on the bones. The journey
    of self discovery lends credibility and validates the big payoff at the
    end.

    This is where Waffle Street fails. Redemption comes. But it’s built on
    a foundation of characterizations that I can only describe as empty,
    derogatory, and in many cases, insulting. It was as if the ”manual on
    racial and social stereotypes” was used by the writers. The last third
    of the movie tries to breathe a little depth into a few of the
    characters, but was too little….too late. This film lost me early on.
    It never got me back.

  • mcalpinjmMarch 21, 2016Reply

    Family movie about life, relationships, and a blue collar lesson in big finance for X-Wall Street manager.

    Waffle Street is a timely piece about the lessons we all should learn
    about hard work and rewards. Both of the main characters Jimmy (James
    Lafferty) and Edward (Danny Glover) have felt the pain of dishonesty
    and have each taken different roads to restoring faith in themselves
    while seeing the pressures society places on us all.

    Danny Glover (Edward) delivers an excellent performance as the friend
    and mentor to the silver spooned Jimmy who is struggling with
    understanding what kind of man he wants to be.

    Great family movie and relevant to children and adults alike. The true
    story makes it an even better, again proving life is always more
    interesting than fiction. I give it a thumbs up for the whole family.

  • zif ofozApril 9, 2016Reply

    Nice clean look

    A very bleached out look at a man who, in his past was a vulture
    capitalist, now after being eaten by his own, must start over from the
    bottom. Over qualified for everything and unable to be an effective
    employee he finds himself a pity job at a local waffle café. Even this
    proves a challenge for the man who only knows numbers and profit in a
    plush office.

    So our suffering hero Jimmy Adams decides he will be the best employee
    with the most on the job hours to prove he can do it, and do it right.
    Sure enough little Jimmy claws his way up and into the hearts of his
    co-workers. Then his big chance comes when the owner of the Waffle café
    comes in for inspection. Jimmy tells ‘the man’ he would like to open
    his own Waffle café. The owner tells him what is needed in order to
    achieve this goal and ‘good luck’. Little Jimmy is just stricken with
    glee and hocks everything he owns to get ‘money’. Then out of the blue
    or rather ‘the far east’ comes the new owners all oriental. ‘The man’
    tells little Jimmy it’s just business! Once again Jimmy’s greedy past
    shows up to smack him in his face.

    What’s little Jimmy gonna do?

  • timcote7September 6, 2016Reply

    Waffle Street is Shallow Pavement

    Just finished watching this movie. I wanted to like it. I worked in the
    restaurant business for 20 years and I was excited by the premise. The
    first 15 minutes or so really had me going. It then promptly left me
    ”in the weeds.” The script was missing the biting loss of status for
    its main character. There lacked an intensity of a man putting it all
    on the line, as well as what the true lifestyle of restaurant employees
    is really like. That would make a really interesting movie.

    This film’s intentions are good, but it is a thin veneer of morality
    and platitudes about making an honest living. The weak plot twist
    involving the restaurant owner and our hero was forgettable. James
    Lafferty simply cannot act. This might not be obvious for those who
    have never been in the service industry, but many of Jim’s responses to
    customers were filled with repressed hostility. People who live on
    earned tips don’t make a living that way. Someone with business acumen
    would have a better attitude or pick a different career. Danny Glover
    had nothing of substance to work with. There were some nice moments,
    but honestly, this was no honest look at life.

  • Kyle FreemanSeptember 15, 2016Reply

    Inspiring story that is basically my most common fantasy

    Ever feel such a way about a movie that you had to try and convince
    others to watch it? Because this is a first for me.

    I picked this movie because it was late; I wanted to watch a movie that
    would be enough to fall asleep to but interesting enough to be worth
    sacrificing some Z’s. I’m 20 years old, half way through a bachelors in
    Visual and Game Programming, and I’m about to publish my first game,
    green lit by the Steam community. I’m currently working as a server
    myself, and I often day dream at work that I’m already successful as a
    professional and independent developer, but choose to continue working
    there to keep myself humble. This movie’s plot isn’t quite the same,
    but I got the same satisfaction from it. Beyond that personal
    connection, there was so much wisdom in this movie; some blatantly
    quoted, and some was subtle but real. I’m going to bed tonight feeling
    inspired, and tomorrow is going to be a productive day for me.

    By review standards, this one is probably too personal, but I had to
    share my thoughts on this great movie.

  • Dan DesjardinsSeptember 19, 2016Reply

    Not a comedy, nor good enough to be a dramady

    Not sure what this film is. The premise is that a hard-driving
    ethically challenged financial manager working for an ethically
    challenged firm is used as a scapegoat when things go wrong. With his
    career in ruins he begins to look for another job and winds up as an
    overdressed, under-prepared waiter in a chicken and waffles franchise.
    Cue all the possible clichés at this point… It is an interesting
    premise if not for how quickly he moves from the world of high-finance
    to applying for menial jobs. There were a few laughable moments, but in
    the end I felt robbed of any believable elements in the main characters
    transformation from scoundrel to an honest, hard-working Joe. From
    beginning to end this felt like community theater writing and acting
    with a strong undertone of false modesty. Even Danny Glover doesn’t
    pull this up from the bottom – though his performance was clearly the
    best of what the movie has to offer – which was very little in terms of
    message, comedy or drama. Blech!

  • mrmmrm-00473September 23, 2016Reply

    Plastic Fantastic Lala-land

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  • professorjeffreypbrownOctober 3, 2016Reply

    Like a waffle without syrup or topping: Bland

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  • jjbroussardOctober 26, 2016Reply

    Third grade economics at its finest.

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  • mickharryOctober 30, 2016Reply

    Missed opportunity.

    In the end titles we see photos of actual people depicted in an
    enjoyable, but light weight, story. The amusing idea of a well-to-do
    financier having to find work serving in a fast-food joint was based on
    real events. The film chose the feel good option, touching fleetingly
    on some serious economic issues. People relationships feature, centred
    on the fantastically lovey-dovey central couple. There are glimpses of
    other less happy couples. I enjoyed the film because of the humour and
    the occasional flashes of human dilemmas. I feel more of the people’s
    dilemmas in this context would have made a less humorous but a much
    better film.

  • alex-wilke61December 28, 2016Reply

    Meh !

    This movie is bad bad bad. The actng is strained and awkward. It really
    pains me when you can actually detect people saying their lines. And
    this trait is not just the main characters, but the entire cast. The
    story, albeit, cute, is not very believable. Now we get to the
    cinematography and camera work. I am not a fan of the hand camera
    technique. I find it unclean,, disruptive. When you are taken away from
    following the story by trying to get past the bad camera work. The set
    were cliché, and not very well thought out. I watched this film to the
    very end hoping it would either improve or have a good ending I am
    disappointed to tell you, it had neither

  • phd_travelJanuary 13, 2017Reply

    A semi serious career changemovie

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  • FlashCallahanFebruary 27, 2017Reply

    I’ll take the grill……

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  • Davidpm-751-837149March 22, 2017Reply

    Food Service Hell

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  • mathmaniacMay 16, 2017Reply

    Yep, that’s kind of how it goes…

    I thought this movie was a refreshing take on a story that could be
    told a dozen different ways. It felt real. As many people who worked in
    food service can tell you, there was a lot to identify with in this
    story.

    Going from finance to being a server in a chain restaurant, there will
    be one huge difference: in a financial job, you don’t leave the work
    behind at the office. Unless you own the restaurant, or have major
    management duties, you WILL leave it physically and mentally at the end
    of your shift.

    The main character in this film experiences that. Working double shifts
    (been there, done that!) is one way he can accumulate hours. But once
    he’s out there, he’s OUTTA there. This is a wonderful thing.

    No e-mails at 3 a.m. or phone calls at 5:30 a.m. No second-guessing a
    decision you made that might have you fired. No waking up in a panic
    because you realize you sent the wrong report to the company copy
    center. Sweet simple absence from the place of work, in every sense, at
    the end of the day. Then – it starts all over again at the next
    scheduled shift.

    Jimmy, our hero, appreciates this. Who wouldn’t? It’s relaxing just to
    see that simple balance portrayed on the screen. What other things are
    going on shows that the job may be simple but the financial players
    involved are not. You don’t stray far from the ways that money
    corrupts. Ever.

    All of these things, along with Ed (Danny Glover’s character)
    commenting on what must be really important, make this film have the
    ring of truth for anyone who has EVER had a job. You’ve had a job? Then
    it was 9 to 5 or it was round the clock. Take your pick, which would
    you like? You’ll pay for your choice. This movie is about the price.

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