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Issue: Spring, 2007

Waitress (2007) movie review

Small-town Dreams Aren't As Easy As Pie

Jenna (Keri Russell) is a lovely diner waitress with an unlovely life. At work she has a friendly family-like atmosphere, at home is the brutality of the aggressively needy. Her husband takes her money, her time, her energy, and after one drunken night, her future. For Jenna is pregnant, and although she doesn't intend to deny the child life, she cannot find it in herself to welcome it.

Jenna's great skill is her pie-making.

Movie poster, Waitress; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Waitress; Festivale film review

If only life were as easy as pie.

She creates extraordinary and bizarre-seeming pies, describing them in terms of the things going on in her life. When she takes a pie to her doctor (Nathan Fillion), she discovers that the old family practioner has been replaced by a charming young man who loves her pies, and in time, her.

The months of Jenna's pregnancy are the months where she comes to terms with her life and finally must decide her own path.

Filmmaker Adrienne Shelly; 911x210

Waitress is a charming and slightly surreal tale of ordinary people finding ways to copy with their lives. The supporting cast are not perfectly plastic models but real-looking people. Their dramas are the stuff of every day, not overblown or deeply significant by action scenes or deadly earnestness.

The result is an emminently watchable little film. It is a criminal waste that the actor (Dawn)/ writer/ director Adrienne Shelly is no longer here to delight and inspire us. See: Adrienne Shelly Foundation
The film written by Shelly after Waitress, Serious Moonlight is due for release in early December, 2009.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 25 October 2007
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Title: Waitress (2007)
Written by: Adrienne Shelly
Directed by: Adrienne Shelly
running time: 108 mins

The Players: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Andy Griffith

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