Writer Steve Adams has only one other film to his credit: the Ben Stiller-Jack Black horror-comedy ENVY. WAITING FOR FOREVER is almost equally insufferable, full of lame, clueless characters with nothing to do and a story that has nothing to say. Tonally, it’s a lighthearted tale of childlike romance gracelessly injected with depressingly serious subplots about a dying father and his hateful relationship with his loving wife, abusive boyfriends, cancer death, extreme sibling dysfunction and even murder. There’s so much unnecessary crap in this movie that you barely get to know any of the characters.
That might actually be for the best, especially considering the main character. Will Donner is at best a douchebag stalker and at worst a dangerous psychotic. With his pajama pants, vest and bowler hat, he’s supposed to be a charming romantic idealist…who juggles for a living and creepily talks to his dead parents all the time. However, his major character trait involves following a girl he’s had a crush on for two decades. The catch—he hasn’t talked to her since they were 10 years old. And he doesn’t just follow her when she’s running errands. When she goes to college or gets a job he moves across the country so he can watch her and say things like, “In my dreams, I inhale her. She’s in the blood in my heart!” Halfway through the movie I seriously began to think the big twist at the end would involve the main character actually being mentally handicapped the whole time. Not to mention, that WAITING FOR FOREVER presents dangerous people and unsettling topics and pretends it’s cute. The first time he finally talks to the girl he’s been stalking for years, he says, “I’m going to wrap myself around your leg and you’re going to have to drag me around for the rest of your life.” If you find that romantic, this might be the love story for you.
Director James Keach clearly called in some favors to score actors like Blythe Danner and the incomparable Richard Jenkins, because I can’t imagine they agreed to do this based on the script. (Jenkins’ dying character is purposefully cruel to his loving wife because he doesn’t want her to miss him when he’s gone. So sweet.) Rachel Bilson plays the object of the main character’s affection and she struggles to be likable, even though she’s playing a struggling actress who used to be on a popular TV show. (*cough* The O.C. *cough*) Even stars like Jaime King and HAIRSPRAY’s Nikki Blonksy deserve better than this.
Extra Tidbit: Director James Keach is Stacy Keach’s brother.