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
When the Exhausted Mother gets sprayed with silly string, the silly string changes color. As the mother and son are walking up to the porch, the silly string is blue. When the son sprays her during the first close up of her face, the silly string is pink. When the camera switches to Jenna then comes back to the mother, the silly string is blue again. See more »
Earl Murders Me Because I'm Having An Affair Pie... You smash blackberries and raspberries into a chocolate crust
I Can't Have No Affair Because It's Wrong And I Don't Want Earl To Kill Me Pie... Vanilla custard with banana. Hold the banana.
See more »
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
Sony BMG Music Entertainment See more »
Waitress is a great, funny movie starring Keri Russell as a small-town waitress who discovers that she's pregnant just as she's planning to leave her jealous, controlling husband. The typical Hollywood approach for a movie like this would be to film it in ultra-serious "movie of the week" mode, but writer/director/actor Adrienne Shelly chose to tell her story in an extremely stylized, almost fairy-tale style. The stylized dialogue, super-sharp photography and primary-color palette even reminded me of the movies of Joel & Ethan Coen at times, but in the end, this movie packs an emotional punch that the Coen brothers have rarely achieved. It also features a brilliant (and brilliantly human) performance by Andy Griffith as the horny old geezer who owns the diner where Russell works.
This movie has a good chance at achieving a Little Miss Sunshine-style breakout this year. It's funny, quirky and honestly touching. Waitress stands as a fine legacy for Adrienne Shelly, but if things had been different, it could have been the movie that launched her into the mainstream instead of her swan song.
135 of 172 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?