It is, of course, already a must-see movie, but if there is an imperative form of must-see, it definitely applies here. Waffle Street the movie is getting closer to general release and will no doubt be shown some time in Australia. It is from the only book ever written in which Say’s Law becomes part of a true-life adventure. :
The 2015 Hollywood Film Festival announced the winners of six categories Sunday night at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood.
Sharing the title for best narrative film is Forward. Side. Close!, an Austrian film that follows the story of a castle-dwelling, obsessive compulsive man, and Waffle Street, the true story of the vice president of a $30 billion hedge fund, who loses his job and ends up working as a waiter at a waffle shop.
And then there’s this from the Woodstock Film Festival which has just initiated its Carpe Diem [Jay] Andretta Award:
Jay’s wife, Lauri Andretta, and son, Jim Andretta, will present the inaugural Carpe Diem Andretta Award to Waffle Street on October 3 during the annual Maverick Awards Gala at BSP Kingston, NY. Woodstock Film Festival alums Eshom and Ian Nelms (Lost On Purpose, 2013) return to Woodstock with Waffle Street, their third feature, based on the memoir of James Adams, former VP of a $30 billion hedge fund, who loses his job and unexpectedly winds up in the world of the unemployed. In this genuine riches-to-rags story, Jimmy, played by a charming James Lafferty (One Tree Hill, Oculus), finally finds work waiting tables at a chicken & waffles chain, where the hectic pace and general mayhem become both comedic and endearing. Under the tutelage of master grill man Edward (Danny Glover in a stunningly earnest performance), Jimmy learns some hard lessons about life, finance and making grits. But the foremost thing he discovers is carpe diem, as he begins to enjoy the pleasures of the moment and realize that the measure of a man is far more than luxury homes and expensive cars. Fundamentally, Waffle Street is an authentic account of what it means to rediscover yourself.
The story is amazing. If they film is only half as good as the book, it will be as good a night at the movies as you are likely to have. For myself, I can see there is sense in a carpe diem approach to life, but I have to say that having watched this grow from book to movie one step at a time, it’s not the kind of thing that ever gets something like this done.