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
The scene where Jenna and Earl argue in bed originally concluded in a sexual encounter that star Keri Russell described as "kind of rapey." While filming the scene, Jeremy Sisto's sympathetic delivery of the line "You're my sweet thing" caused director Adrienne Shelly to reassess her original concept of the character, and she changed the scene on-set to end with Earl quietly going to sleep. See more »
When Jenna is making Dawn's "Falling In Love" chocolate mousse pie, the sun is pouring in from the window behind her. The previous shot established it was already night. See more »
Dawn! You're beautiful! Your skin looks like a normal person's!
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SHORT SKIRT / LONG JACKET
Written by John McCrea (as J. McCrea)
Published by Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. o/b/o Stamen Music (BMI)
Performed by Cake
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with
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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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