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Waitress 2007

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...

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well written.. well done all around.. keri russell's had that something since she was a teenager.. you hate sisto's character before he utters a dozen words.. and andy griffith has really gotten funny in old age (and even moreso in DADDY AND THEM).. very entertaining film but, now....I DESPERATELY WANT PIE!!
Lovely movie. The cast was great. The banter was enjoyable
1/30 - The Namesake (Nair, 2007, Rental): 7.5

1/31 - No Regret for Our Youth (Kurosawa, 1946, Rental): 7.5

2/2 - Equinox (Woods, 1970, Rental): 5


2/2 - Waitress (Shelly, 2007, Rental): 8.5
I must apologize for any doubts I had before going in to see "Waitress." Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa. The film was fucking brilliant! The loss of writer/director Adrienne Shelley was tragic before I saw the amazing film she had crafted. It's so much more saddening now to realize that the film community has lost such a potentially influencial filmmaker. I expected "Waitress" to be a typical, sappy romantic comedy (which I've mentioned before I kinda loathe). That was so not the case. This is instead a character study into how people persevere though sometimes horrible circumstances. It's about recognizing the second chances that life sometimes gives you and seizing those chances and doing something with your life, something that makes you happy, something that makes life worth living. That's not to say that the movie is not a comedy. It is, but as is the case with most good films, it's not so easily pigeonholed. There are a couple of scenes that were so hysterical that I laughed so hard that my sides actually hurt... and despite the spectacular week I had last week, I needed to laugh like that. It felt good to laugh like that. The first thing this film had going for it was the script. Granted, as a writer I'm biased, but IMHO the script is the most important thing to making a movie (especially a small indie movie like this) work... and this is a great script. It's funny and heartwrenching and real. Adrienne Shelley poured her soul into this project and that's evident in the words she put down. Secondly there is the cast. Everyone was perfect for their roles. It's like the parts were written for the actors who ultimately ended up playing them. This was producer Michael Roiff's first project and for him to put together a cast like this for his freshman effort is astounding. The two standouts were Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion (and NO that's not me being prejudiced in any way.) Come awards time it would be a travesty not to see the both of them on a lot of nominee lists. (This film has the potential be the sleeper hit that "Little Miss Sunshine" was last year.) The chemistry between Keri and Nathan is fun to watch. For all of Nathan's fans out there, I think you'll all be shocked at the character he plays here. His character, Dr Pommater is the polar opposite of the roles he usually plays. Jim Pommater is neurotic, and awkward, and insecure... and hysterically funny. He's also sweet and caring and conflicted and it's easy to see why Keri's character, Jenna falls so hard for him. This is a small movie. (It opens in LA and NYC on May 2nd), but I think it will find it's audience and will do well even amidst all the summer blockbusters looming on the horizon. If it plays near you, go see it. As a future indie filmmaker, I beg you, please go see it. The indie market needs all the support it gets and hopefully films like this will go a long ways towards garnering that support... So after the movie, producer Michael Roiff did a Q&A. He obviously has a lot of passion for this project and now that Adrienne is gone, he's become the torchbearer for the film. After the Q&A he was off sorta by himself talking to just a couple of people so I forced myself to forget that I'm painfully shy around people I don't know and went over and talked to him. He was very nice and very forthcoming and seemed genuinely happy to answer all the (probably naieve) questions I threw at him. He is still pretty new to this business so he's not all jaded and cynical and secretive yet. It was very cool of him and even if the movie had sucked I would have been glad I went just for the opportunity I had to chat with him afterwards. So yeah, it was a great night out at the movies... and did I mention that afterwards they fed us pie? Go see the movie and you'll know why...

"I could find the whole meaning of life in your sad eyes." -- Nathan Fillion - "Waitress"
Waitress is a sweet little movie that you probably won't intellectually respect, but I defy anyone not to love it at least a little.



It's the kind of movie that so much has its heart in the right place and so much mixes urbane sophistication and irony with old-fashioned, simple sweetness that there's a chance it will become the kind of movie that all sorts of people love to see at least once a year. It has the potential to become a classic.

But not the kind the kind of classic that intellectuals espouse or that is studied in Film Theory classes. I mean the kind of grass-roots staying power due to the fact that ordinary people love to see it over and over. It leaves you with such a good feeling that I think people will need it from time to time almost as a form of therapy.

I especially think it will be popular with women and girls. But I suspect a significant number of men and boys will secretly fall in love with it and watch it once a year, too. But they'll never tell their guy friends. Gay men will probably love it. But because it doesn't have glamor, they may not be eager to announce their devotion either. It has all the makings of a guilty pleasure.

Because the filmmaker and co-star, Adrienne Shelly, was murdered late last year there's an unusual subtext of tragedy to the film that's pretty hard not to be affected by. In my audience there were a few people hugging each other and crying softly when the lights came up. I presume they were Ms. Shelly's friends. She was killed in her home here in New York.

But I honestly believe that the film's potential as a grass-roots classic would have been there without the death. I don't think morbid fascination will be a very signifcant factor in the film's life. The vast majority of people that fall in love with this film I don't think are the type of people that would even know about the murder, given that it's only been talked about in artistic circles.

The film appears to be set in the South, definitely in a small town. At the local diner, several waitresses are friends, as well as coworkers. The central character is played by Keri Russell. She's in an unhappy marriage and has just found out that she's pregnant. Her husband is played by the superb and under-rated Jeremy Sisto. He is the most talented actor in the film, playing arguably the most self-absorbed character in cinema history. After learning that his wife is pregnant, he asks her to promise not to love the baby more than him. It is exceptionally funny. Sisto also creates the most humorous sex scene I've ever seen.

Russell is very endearing, but she clearly is a television actress. I get the feeling that if directed by a powerhouse director she could do something more, but Shelly did not push her much here.

A word of advice to the intellectuals: stick with the film to the end. Don't be put off by the excessive quirkiness and by the television style that the film exhibits frequently. Stay with it till you see the denouement in the hospital. The deeper aspects to the story come out then.

While it's not a great work of art, there's a degree to which The Waitress is more true to life and more spiritually uplifting than anything you would study in a Film class.

To Adrienne Shelly, wherever you are: Thank you for bringing a film into the world that radiates so much love and simple goodness. And thank you for unapologetically keeping your focus on girls.
This movie was adorable, this poor woman has to put up with her abusive sleazeball of a husband while she tirelessly works as a waitress at a pie restuarant where she invents her specialty pies according to her life like her mother did. Then like a fairy tale she meets a doctor, every womans dream right? not exactly hes married and shes married, I guess nothing comes without consequence.

After a while she has her baby girl and falls in love with her, divorces her deadbeat husband and opens her own pie shop called Lulus Pies dedicated to her daughter. Unfortuantly though she breaks it off with the doctor which I still don't understand why because he loved her to death.

Now, on a more serious note...the woman who wrote and directed this movie Arianne Shelly was murdered not too long after this movie was made. She was in the movie but her murder happened only a few weeks later...very sad.
Final exams are all this week, so of course, today I could be found at 42nd St, seeing a movie. And if I fail all my courses, it was worth it for Adrienne Shelly's last film (she was murdered here in New York last November). It's a damned shame, given the poignant humor of this film.
Jenna (Keri Russell) is a waitress at Joe's Pie Diner in a small Southern town. Jenna's a bit of a miracle worker with pies, and even old Joe (Andy Griffith), the grumpy, demanding owner of the diner, can't argue with that. She is also most unhappily married to Earl (Jeremy Sisto), who seems to have every possible despicable trait a husband could have under the guise of wanting to love and protect his wife. When Jenna discovers that she's pregnant - and can trace the "blessed event" to when Earl got her drunk six weeks earlier - her hopes of ever disentagling herself from him are dashed. Duty bound to at least take care of the child she's sure she'll never love, she makes an appointment with her ob/gyn...only to discover that her doctor has retired, and handsome young Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion) has taken over the practice. What starts out as awkwardness becomes passion (and highly unprofessional conduct) as the married, pregnant waitress has a torrid affair with her married doctor. Well, whatever...it's a movie. Dr. Pomatter does manage to give her support and sincere caring during her pregnancy, which Earl was sure never to do. And when her baby is finally born, the baby that Jenna was sure she would hate and despise and even pondered selling for the money, Jenna finally finds the strength and the means to make something different out of her life.
Poignant life comedy: that's this film in a nutshell. Keri Russell's acting carries it, and carries it well. Shelly wrote and directed, and also co-stars as Dawn, one of the other waitresses at Joe's. "Waitress" is a distinctively feminist film, from start to finish. Indeed, it's no surprise that Jenna ends up having a baby girl. All the men in the film are essentially worthless, each in their own way, but together they add up to just enough to help set Jenna on her feet again. There was no way that the happy ending to this story would be for Jenna to find a better man to take care of her: she's far too competent and independent for that. Many of the supporting characters may be simplified to caricatures, but at least with Jenna, the audience hears her innermost thoughts, feels her pain, and desperately wishes with her that things will get better, somehow.
Overall, a hilarious and touching comedy about life's miseries and its unexpected joys, it adds up to near-perfection with a good story, fantastic writing, and fine acting all around.

Anyone who loves a good pie (or good food), will like this movie. The main character, a waitress, makes pies and calls them all sorts of names, like the cheating husband pie, or the beautiful morning pie.

Great, real characters that I could relate to and enjoyed spending 2 hours with.

I enjoyed the story of someone having an impossible dream that others helped them to get.
I've taken a break, and of course seen a lot of films. The maximum amount of ratings was 5 so I picked a few I saw. I have a blinding headache right now so I won't go into detail, but I thought I'd acknowledge that I'm not dead... yet. Anyways the main thing is all of you should see Waitress (seriously fuck any movie out with the number 3 in it). Enjoy the numbers. Later.
Good movie, entertaining, just didn't like the ending, not someting anyone was rooting for