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Waitress (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 May 2007 (USA)
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Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Exhausted Mother
Sarah Hunley ...
Hospital Nurse
Nathan Dean ...
Doctor's Assistant


Jenna is unhappily married, squirreling away money, and hoping to win a pie-baking contest so, with the prize money, she'll have enough cash to leave her husband Earl. She finds herself pregnant, which throws her plans awry. She bakes phenomenal pies at Joe's diner, listens to old Joe's wisdom, tolerates her sour boss Cal, is friends with Dawn and Becky (her fellow waitresses), and finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town. As the pregnancy advances, life with Earl seems less tolerable, a way out less clear, and the affair with the doctor complicated by his marriage. What options does a waitress have? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If only life were as easy as pie. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 May 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor aos Pedaços  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$92,034 (USA) (4 May 2007)


$19,067,631 (USA) (19 October 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Waitress" is currently being made into a musical. It is having its world premiere at the American Reperatory Theatre in Cambridge, Ma. It is directed by Tony Winning Director Dianne Paulus and features a score by Sara Bareilles. [2015] It has since made it to Broadway. [2016] See more »


After the opening credits, Jenna can be seen absently mixing chocolate in a bowl. But the closeup view of the bowl shows it is cleaner on the sides than on the wider shot. See more »


Jenna: Why did I get drunk? I do stupid things when I'm drunk... like sleep with my husband!
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Crazy Credits

There was (also) a Pie Gaffer! See more »


References Modern Times (1936) See more »


Written by George Frideric Handel (as Handel)
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Appears courtesy of Extreme Production Music USA
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A joyous legacy
7 May 2007 | by (Palo Alto, CA) – See all my reviews

Hard to review this film under the circumstances. Adrienne Shelly's death was a body blow to me. I didn't know her apart from her work over the past 18 years, but that was enough to know that we lost someone truly important on November 1, 2006.

It's the movie that matters, and this one shows Shelly coming into her own as a director, the third time out of the gate. It's smart and funny and life-affirming, and when stacked up against "Fay Grim," the latest effort from writer-director Hal Hartley (who gave Shelly her start), there's really no contest: it's the pupil over the mentor all the way.

(Sorry, Hal, if I've offended, though I doubt that you'd mind.)

Small film, huge heart.

For the record, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation is a very good cause.

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