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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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Taglines:

If only life were as easy as pie. 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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Adrienne Shelly was murdered shortly after the film's completion. Keri Russell was called in to record a Director's commentary for the DVD in her place, recounting the on-set creative process and decisions that went into making the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Jenna: Earl Murders Me Because I'm Having An Affair Pie... You smash blackberries and raspberries into a chocolate crust
Jenna: 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.
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Crazy Credits

There's a 'pie mistress' on the crew. See more »

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

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IF YOU LEAVE
Written by Jay Buchanan
Published by Locust and Wild Money Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Jay Buchanan
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An incredibly endearing film
18 May 2007 | by SurecureSee all my reviews

Waitress is a film that is almost impossible not to love. It is such an obvious labor of love for all involved and brings out some of the best work of many of those involved. And unlike many "labor of love" films, this one is actually both highly entertaining and easily accessible. From start to finish, it is a heart moving and amusing film with many quirks and magnificent originality. While it is a romantic comedy, it is not a "Hollywood" romantic comedy in that the film rarely -- if ever -- goes where you expect it to go.

The story follows a young waitress (played by Keri Russell) who is married to a full-time loser (Jeremy Sisto) with a mean spirit. She finds out she is pregnant which ultimately puts her on a collision course with the new doctor in town (Nathan Fillion) whom she falls into a passionate love affair with. The film follows this waitress as she tries to sort out her own problematic relationship with her husband, understand what her heart is telling her about her affair, all the while dealing with her everyday life with her fellow waitress friends (Adrienne Shelly and Cheryl Hines) and a grumpy old customer (Andy Griffith) who happens to own the restaurant where she works.

Every character in this film is memorable for one reason or another, including several minor character such as the short-order cook of the restaurant, and even a mother and her young, obnoxious son who frequent the restaurant and strike fear into the pregnant protagonist. Andy Griffith in particular grabs the audience's attention and makes his role a true standout.

The only major criticism that can be brought against the film is some of the camera work. At times the focus is unclear with the camera seemingly unsure which actors it should be staying on and at times simply not being in focus at all. However, it is such a minor issue and would go unnoticed to most audiences that it certainly doesn't bring the quality of the film down in any way.

Adrienne Shelly who acted in, wrote and directed the film (as well as co-set designed, co- costume designed and even provided one of the songs for the film) has left one perfect little film here. It is such a tragedy that she did not live to see this film's release as it certainly would have given her the success she so richly deserved. This film can easily be recommended to anybody who has a heart.


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