Tuesday, October 02, 2018

"The Good Waiter" is a curious gay male drama about the "proletarian" workplace for young actors in LA

George Bamber’s “The Good Waiter” (2018/2016, 14 min) is a curious short film with an ironic and a bit devilish plot, about the world of “the proles”.

The film was written but the two male leads.  Kevin (Kevin Grant Spencer) seems like an upcoming young actor and tennis player who has a nice job as assistant manager in a Glendale CA restaurant, working for Kim (Michelle Grisaffi).  One day a naïve young man and another aspiring actor Drew (Matthew Ludwinski) shows up to train as a waiter.  Drew seems awkward at this proletarian job.  (I once overheard comments about a waiter in Martinsburg, W Va – “his movements are slow”.)  Kim says that the way you fire someone is let him finish training and then just not put him on the schedule.

Kevin invites Drew on a “hike” in Griffith Park – that is, after Drew takes off his shirt (“thmooth”). 

The expected “men kissing” starts (this isn’t “Next Door Mates” but it could go there) as they climb an old evergreen tree common in southern California.  In a maneuver eerily reminiscent of a similar scene in John Knowles’s “A Separate Peace”, Drew suddenly falls down into a small canyon.
Kevin then botches work and Kim has to fire him – but then Drew rises from the dead and is working in the restaurant as Kevin drives by.

The film has a curious prologue (“If we’re going to do this, no second chances”) that may be explanatory. “The Good Waiter” is not exactly the same as “The Good Doctor”.
Picture: Near Civic Center, San Francisco, where I ate before an important meeting Sept. 19.

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