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Waitress (2007)

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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.

Director:

Adrienne Shelly

Writer:

Adrienne Shelly
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Jenna Hunterson
Nathan Fillion ... Dr. Jim Pomatter
Cheryl Hines ... Becky
Jeremy Sisto ... Earl Hunterson
Andy Griffith ... Old Joe
Adrienne Shelly ... Dawn
Eddie Jemison ... Ogie
Lew Temple ... Cal
Darby Stanchfield ... Francine Pomatter
Heidi Sulzman ... Exhausted Mother
Lauri Johnson ... Nurse Norma
Sarah Hunley Sarah Hunley ... Dr. Lily Mueller
Cindy Drummond ... Hospital Nurse
Nathan Dean Nathan Dean ... Minister
Caroline Fogarty ... Doctor's Assistant
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Storyline

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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The Year's Most Delicious Romantic Comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor aos Pedaços See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,034, 6 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,067,631, 21 October 2007
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Night and Day Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is [Andy Griffith]'s second-to-last role/film of his extended acting career. See more »

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When Jenna is in labor, the hospital labor and delivery room nurse is wearing a white uniform and white cap. Hospital nurses in labor and delivery stopped wearing those uniforms in favor of scrubs by the time this film was set. See more »

Quotes

Becky: Good, cause this is my lil' adventure.
Jenna: Your little adventure?
Becky: Yeah, I'm having me a lil' adventure after many years of lots of nothin'
Jenna: You love him?
Becky: Cal? I don't know. But I love it. I love having someone to look pretty for. I love waking up and having something to look forward to. Something fun and sneaky and sexy.
Jenna: He love you?
Becky: He kinda likes me, kinda hates me. It's fun.
Jenna: Doesn't sound very fun.
Becky: He makes me forget about my invalid husband. My loneliness. The dreadful misplacement of my bosoms.
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There was (also) a Pie Gaffer! See more »

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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.193 (2013) See more »

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LAKESHORE (LETTER FOR EARLY)
Written by Thomas Gardocki, Jr.
Published by Haulin' Ass Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Soda And His Million Piece Band
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Spontaneous Poetry
2 May 2007 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Very personal and intimate story from the very talented Adrienne Shelly. Ms. Shelly was tragically murdered before the film was released, but what a legacy and gift she left for her husband, daughter and film lovers.

Keri Russell ("Felicity") stars as Jenna, a fabulous pie maker who is a lost soul married to the world's worst husband - played brilliantly by Jeremy Sisto. She works at a diner with her two friends played wonderfully by the bubbly Cheryl Hines and the film's writer and director, Adrienne Shelly. The relationship between these three is very realistic, touching and entertaining. They love and cherish each other.

Outstanding support from Eddie Jemison ("Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen"), Nathan Fillian ("Serenity") and the great Andy Griffith, who has some great lines and definitely should work more often!! Jemison's spontaneous poetry capture the heart of Ms. Shelly's character and Fillian's Dr. Pomatter shows Russell what it is like to be adored, rather than abused.

This is not slick Hollywood film-making. It is quirky ... just like real life. These are characters, who for the most part, make the best of their situations. Every now and then, if we are lucky, we capture a moment of pure bliss ... whether it is in the selfless hug from another, or the miracle of childbirth. The script analyzes loneliness and bad relationships with a twist of humor and much insight.

While it is heart-breaking that Ms. Shelly did not live to see the final product, we see her heart and soul on screen. And don't miss her real daughter (Sophie Ostrey) as Ms. Russell's 3 year old LuLu. This is a wonderful little film with some terrific moments and a nice message to enjoy your life.


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