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I do Enjoy a Good Piece of Pie...Just not that Much.

  • 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 Russell stars as Jenna, a waitress at a pie shop who has a knack for making quite possibly the best pies in the world.  She also has the worst husband in the world and when she figures out that she is pregnant with his child, she hides it from him and begins an affair with the kind hearted Dr. Pomatter, her OB-GYN.  Her biggest problem, she has no desire to have the child.

Near the end of this movie, a real message is given about life and starting fresh when your life has taken a turn for the worse.  Waitress also tells a story about how even if the last thing you wanted was a baby, how finally giving birth completely changes your whole outlook on life.  These were the good parts of the film along with some excellent acting on both Keri Russell and Nathan Fillions parts.  Like I said above, this movie is more of a drama then a comedy, but when comedy is necessary, Russell and Fillion are subjects of greats laughter.

However, this film lacked a lot of interest during its first hour.  At one point I even said to myself, "what is this movie?"  It didn't help having Jeremy Sisto playing probably one of the most volatile characters in film today along with the little girl from Atonement.  Picture the most controlling person in the world and having to live with them.  I was actually a little upset when nothing happened to him at the end of the film.  I think Nathan Fillion should have beaten him up or something.

So, not the best film in the world, but not the worst.  It sends out a good message, but lacks a little...I don't know, interest.  I think it is currently playing on HBO which is how I saw it.  Check it out if you want, but you're not missing out on anything if you don't.  2/5.   
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May 21, 2009
Good review. I was interested in seeing this, but will probably pass based on your take. I guess Keri Russell peaked with Felicity
May 21, 2009
I hate to say this because I find the term demeaning and dismissive but perhaps the reason you found the movie slow was becuase its the ultimate "chick flick" which was why it was unnecessary for Nathan Fillion to beat up anyone. I came to this film with no back history Of Jeremy Sisto so didn't feel the same level of animosity towards him that you did. I also liked the film a whole lot more than you did. Its such a shame that Adrienne Shelly was murdered before the film's re; lease. She obviously had a lot of talent.
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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 ...
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Director: Adrienne Shelly
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release Date: May 2, 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Adrienne Shelly
DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
Runtime: 1hr 47min
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