MEANING of 'The Waiter'


Did anyone get a deeper meaning out of the film, like me?
Want to share?

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Okay. But this is purely hypothetical; a hypothetical friggin' story. Once upon a friggin' time and all that b.s.:

The Waiter is Death; the Grim Reaper; as in Death WAITS on us all (Just once, I'd like to see a Reaper that isn't "grim." How about the Laughing Reaper? The Gleeful Reaper? The Irish Step-Dancing Reaper? The Gay Reaper even?). Here's a clever bit of symbolism: The Waiter's weapon of choice is a GLOCK pistol. "Glock" is German for "bell," as in "Ask not for whom the bell tolls: It tolls for thee." It makes perfect sense as the Reaper's weapon; his 21st Century scythe. The little girl in the vision sequences functions as a psychopomp; a guide to usher souls from the world of the living to the world of the dead. Psychopomp is also a great name for a hair gel for lunatics. The dream sequence woman is a combination Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Except as a woman. She's also dead, and The Waiter was responsible for her death in Iraq during the first Gulf War (More in the prequel). She represents guilt and the search for atonement. She also represents The Waiter's suicidal urge, though he, like Arnie in T-2, cannot "self-terminate." The waiter costume is inspired. A waiter can blend in in any environment, upscale or dive. He attracts no attention. Well, substantially less than a somelier anyway. But the most important message we should take away from this movie, and I'm not supposed to tell anyone, is...wait a second. Someone's at the door. Looks like a...a...waiter?! "Hey, I didn't order a pizza! Maybe next door they did. Get out! What's that? A gun!? No! Don't sh--Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!"

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This movie may be good and admirable for its effort to draw the lines between indie and Hollywood, but fact is opening at Worldfest and filming striclty on location in Texas is not favoring the movies's credit money-wise or PR-wise. Opening outside of West Hollywood, LA or Beverly Hills is a death sentence. Good luck with word of mouth, you're gonna need it.

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If you want to start a conversation about what you are talking about please start your own Thread so people know what your topic is. I don't appreciate you making random unrelated statements (and very negative ones) on my Thread. Furthermore I noted by your handle that you must be a Texan? Funny for a Texan to be putting down filming in Texas. There is nothing wrong with filming in Texas, your an idiot. I have worked for 20 years raising a family, now my children are grown, and I now am pursueing a career in film. The opportunity that people like Rodriquez, Judge, and Linkletter have brought to Texas are amazing. Films made in Texas are highly respected we are known for great crews, low cost, and friendly people! It is 'haters' like you that make films and film makers leave Texas after all the hard work that we do to keep films in Texas. Shame on you! Texas is great!
~ Madeline Renker

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I may be from Texas but I am also smart enough to hold common sense over loyalty a my birthplace. You don't set up a talent agency in the middle of the desert when your clients live in NYC and LA.

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Tell it to Robert Rodriguez.

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Tell it to Robert Rodriguez.


Preach, brother, preach! Best line of the thread.


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Amen, Reverend!

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If the Alamo had a back door, there wouldn't be a Texas today.

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Okay, Usa...
Not sure if you are beings serious or messing around, but either way you make alot of sense. (Chuckles) I thought the movie was about the US attacking Iraq, and 'THE WAITER' is the USA and he ends up killing his own people. Thoughts?

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Intriguing, but he kills at least as many Russkies as Americans. I'm more inclined to think it means that there aren't any good guys. In any case, it ain't exactly the feel-good movie of the year!

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Wow! This is *beep* deep.

The Irish Step-Dancing Reaper?


Now there's an idea! But it would have to be the perfect script, perfect actor, perfect director. Try to cut corners on either of those and the movie will suck.

He's not Irish but I think Craig Ferguson could do nicely.

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