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Much like the films of Hal Hartley,Waitressis funny in a deadpan sort of way, but a sadness lurks below the surface. After making a splash in Hartley'sThe Unbelievable TruthandTrust, Adrienne Shelly turned to directing withSudden ManhattanandI'll Take You There. Set in a small Southern town, her third picture revolves around waitress Jenna (Felicity's radiant Keri Russell), who works at Joe's Pie Diner (Joe is played by Andy Griffith). Jenna is the pastry genius who makes Joe's joint shine. Her co-workers include the forthright Becky (Cheryl Hines,Curb Your Enthusiasm) and insecure Dawn (Shelly). All three have man trouble, but Jenna has it the worst. Her husband, Earl (Jeremy Sisto,Six Feet Under), treats her like a piece of property. When she finds out she's pregnant, Jenna fears she'll be stuck with him forever. Then, she develops a crush on her married obstetrician, Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion,Serenity). With the aid of her fanciful confections, like peachy keen tarts, their flirtation develops into a full-blown affair. It appears to be a no-win situation, but Shelly finds an empowering way to bring this bittersweet story to a close. If the candy-colored conclusion plays more like fantasy than reality, it's a fantasy worth embracing. Sadly, Shelly was murdered beforeWaitressever saw the light of day (leaving behind a husband and child of her own). Fortunately, her final film is far more life-affirming than morose, although it does end with the word "goodbye." --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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CastEdward Jemison, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines, Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Adrienne Shelly, Lew Temple, Andy Griffith, Darby Stanchfield, Sarah Hunley, Nora Paradiso
DirectorAdrienne Shelly
Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release Date:  May 2, 2007
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Screen WriterAdrienne Shelly
DVD Release Date:  November 27, 2007
Runtime:  1hr 47min
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review by . May 21, 2009
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To start things off, Waitress is billed as a comedy.  While this film does have some really funny moments, it is definitely a drama.  Waitress has quite a slow beginning and doesn't really pick up until the last half hour of the film.  Keri Russell gives a decent performance in the film, but the show stealer in this movie is Nathan Fillion as Jennas (Russell) OB-GYN.  Fillion might just be one of the funniest actors along with Ryan Reynolds out there today.    Keri …
review by . May 11, 2009
I didn't expect much from this film from the start as it was a little bit campy at first but it got better as it went along. The waitress is actually a woman that works at a pie diner who designs the pie of the day which is based on her feelings. In some ways this part reminded me of "Like Water For Chocolate" where the food takes over people's emotions.     The waitress has a very unhappy life, married to an insensitive bore, who sometimes hits her. She gets pregnant only because …
review by . May 11, 2008
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Everything is sweet about this movie. Jenna (Kerri Russell) lives in a small Southern town with her boorish husband Earl (Jeremy Sisto). She make great pies and works as a waitress in Joe's Pies shop.     Her two waitress colleagues have their own problems with men.     Jenna learns that she is pregnant and fears that a baby will keep her tied to her husband. The new OB/GYN in town, however, finds Jenna herself a sweet treat as well her pies and tarts.     …
review by . January 07, 2008
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I didn't expect much from this film from the start as it was a little bit campy at first but it got better as it went along. The waitress is actually a woman that works at a pie diner who designs the pie of the day which is based on her feelings. In some ways this part reminded me of "Like Water For Chocolate" where the food takes over people's emotions.     The waitress has a very unhappy life, married to an insensitive bore, who sometimes hits her. She gets pregnant only because …
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