If you didn't purchase tickets to the Heartland Film Festival premiere screening of Waffle Street in advance, chances are you weren't able to get a seat. There is always something magical about a sold out screening; this particular theater also had the promise of a hearing from the film's star James Lafferty afterwards.
The film is an adaptation of James Adams' 2010 memoir of the same name. It is a rag-to-riches tale that chronicles a financier's foray into the food industry. After being laid off, Jimmy decides to work at a popular 24-hour diner in an effort to get as far away from his previous occupation as possible.
Jimmy has no prior serving experience. Lots of laughs and life lessons ensue.
Waffle Street offers a fresh take on the fallout of corporate greed, and turned out to be an unexpected tale of redemption. It was really fun to watch Jimmy learn the ropes of the food industry through hard work and determination. He never quit, no matter how in the weeds he felt, and it kept the audience rooting for him.
Danny Glover is charming and endearing as short order cook Edward; Jimmy wouldn't recommend calling out an order if you aren't on the mat, though.
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