Waitress

Waitress

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Cast: Adrienne Shelly, Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines

     
 

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Trapped in a miserable marriage and blessed with the ability to transform her misery into delicious desserts, a small-town waitress finds her life forever changed by an unplanned pregnancy. Every day, Jenna (Keri Russell) ties on her apron and serves her customers with a smile, and every night she goes to bed knowing that she is one step

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Trapped in a miserable marriage and blessed with the ability to transform her misery into delicious desserts, a small-town waitress finds her life forever changed by an unplanned pregnancy. Every day, Jenna (Keri Russell) ties on her apron and serves her customers with a smile, and every night she goes to bed knowing that she is one step closer to the day that she can kiss her scarily domineering husband (Jeremy Sisto) goodbye forever. A smart and sassy baker whose extraordinary pies are inspired by her daily trials and tribulations, Jenna fears that her dreams are all but dead when handsome Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion) reveals that she is soon to become a mother. As Jenna begins penning a series of letters to her unborn baby, her life starts to change for the better in ways she never could have imagined. The final film from actress/filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, Waitress debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah just months after the director was discovered dead in her New York City apartment -- the victim of a homicide.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The hero of Waitress works in a diner alongside her harmless but intimidating boss and two friends, one mouthy and the other mousy, making the setup feel like a big-screen version of the TV show Alice (although nothing like that program's cinematic inspiration, Martin Scoresese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore). Director Adrienne Shelley creates a familiar rural American town populated with characters so folksy and charming that the fact Andy Griffith shows up in a small but important supporting role couldn't seem any more appropriate. Shelley darkens this nonthreatening situation right away by allowing our hero, expert pie maker Jenna (Keri Russell), to express her hatred for the baby growing inside her. Although there is no question she is going to have the baby, she wants nothing to do with it after it arrives. Shelley does a fabulous job of allowing the darkest impulses and fears of the characters to color, but never overwhelm them, and she keeps a tone so loving and friendly that the audience never fears for the characters, but simply wishes that they all find some comfort and happiness. Russell is superb as Jenna, playing a variety of emotions from fear to horny to angry to glowing expectant mom, and each phase radiates from Russell's engaging face. Her performance captures the tone, bittersweet without ever lapsing into schmaltz, that the entire film aims for. The supporting cast also walks that same fine emotional line with Eddie Jemison doing a schticky but sweet turn as a man besotted by love, Cheryl Hines playing a character simultaneously selfish and selfless, and Griffith managing to be both prickly and wise. The character of Earl, Jenna's threatening and pitiful husband, showcases everything great about the film. He could easily have become a two-dimensional monster, and while Shelley never flinches from how horrible he is, she allows him to have a humanizing emotional fragility that Jeremy Sisto plays with great skill. Waitress is a warm, crowd-pleasing entertainment that earns its feel-good vibe honestly by never denying the darkness that surrounds, and occasionally engulfs, every character in the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2007
UPC:
0024543460183
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
3,444

Special Features

This Is How We Made Waitress Pie featurette; Commentary with producer Michael Roiff and actor Keri Russell; Written and Directed by Adrienne Shelly: A Memorial featurette; "Hi, I'm Keri, Your Waitress" featurette; The Pies Have It featurette; Fox Movie Channel Presents In Character With Keri Russell - Cheryl Hines - Nathan Fillion

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keri Russell Jenna
Nathan Fillion Dr. Pomatter
Cheryl Hines Becky
Adrienne Shelly Dawn
Jeremy Sisto Earl
Lew Temple Cal
Andy Griffith Old Joe
Edward Jemison Ogie
Darby Stanchfield Francine Pomatter
Sarah Hunley Dr. Mueller
Nora Paradiso Ethel

Technical Credits
Adrienne Shelly Director,Screenwriter
Ramsey Avery Production Designer
Jason Baldwin Art Director
Robert Bauer Executive Producer
Sunday Boling Casting
Gerry Cueller Musical Direction/Supervision
Greg Danylyshyn Musical Direction/Supervision
Annette Davey Editor
Frederick W. Helm Sound Editor
Andrew Hollander Score Composer
Matthew T. Irving Cinematographer
Todd King Executive Producer
Mark Mathis Asst. Director
Meg Morman Casting
Danielle Renfrew Executive Producer
Michael Roiff Producer
Jeff Rose Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Waitress
1. Main Titles/Two Lines
2. Meeting Earl
3. Confirmation
4. Old Joe
5. Escape Talk
6. Pie Talk
7. Reluctant Lover
8. Seeing the Doctor
9. Smudged Lipstick
10. Letter to Baby
11. Abuse
12. Doctor's Care
13. New Outlook
14. Different Doctor
15. Advice and Pie
16. Affairs
17. Relationships
18. House Call
19. Joe's Advice
20. Caught
21. Escape Interrupted
22. Lulu
23. Unexpected Gift
24. Starting Fresh/End Credits

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Waitress 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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This is absolutely one of the best movies of 2007! A great yummy fun comedy that will make you cheer at the end. A definite must-see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis a gift to be simple..., November 28, 2007 By Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States) - See all my reviews (TOP 10 REVIEWER) (REAL NAME) On the surface WAITRESS is a simple, honest, unpretentious, funny, tender, and sensitive film about simple people in a small Southern town: it is the core of the film, the examination of individual's choices, consequences, rights, and fraternity that makes the little Indie so special. And another feature that adds a dimension of significance to the movie is that actress/writer/director Adrienne Shelly did not live to see the magic she created: Shelly was murdered in November 2006, a loss of a superb budding talent. Using a very small cast of characters WAITRESS takes place in a Pie Diner, owned by the crusty and demanding Old Joe (Andy Griffith), managed by the grumpy Cal (Lew Temple), and run by three waitresses - frumpy little Dawn (Adrienne Shelly) looking for love, been-there-done-that Becky (Cheryl Hines) whose married to a drooling waste, and Jenna (Keri Russell), an unhappily married (to Earl - Jeremy Sisto) pie maker expert who longs to leave her marriage but has just discovered she is pregnant. She comes under the care of the OB-GYN Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion -also married) and in the course of her care the two fall in love. How Jenna manages to cope with the disruptive pregnancy and the other waitresses deal with their simple lives is the crux of the story. And while this simple plot lone doesn't appear to offer much, the manner in which it is written and acted makes is a little jewel. Many are touting the emergence of Keri Russell as a serious actress as the reason for seeing this film, but the real genius behind the honest simplicity of the story is the sadly deceased Adrienne Shelly. She will be missed. In a series of fitting homages the featurettes add to the DVD version of this film. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very sweet film, and it made me want pie really bad. I loved all the quirky characters. Even the jerk husband was great to watch...Sisto gave an excellent performance as did Russell. I love Nathan Fillion in anything, too...and what a sexy, nervous doctor he played. Wow! Great movie overall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I were in this story I would ask the protagonist why she married such a man as Earl in the first place, and then why she got drunk if she didn't want to get pregnant. And if I were the baby and one day came across those ugly, self-serving letters my mom the Waitress wrote I would think her every bit as vile and as destructive as her father and her boss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the previews, I thought this was a sweet little fun movie about a single pregnant waitress. I wasn't expecting the verbally abusive husband and Jenna's repetition about absolutely not wanting the baby. However, the movie is beautifully made and the cast is wonderful. I love the made-up names for her pies. I would recommend this to people, but caution them that it's not as lighthearted as one might think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waitress has it all baked lovingly and carefully into it's thought provoking pies -irony, humor, contempt, heartbreak, romance, adultery, discovery, and rebirth. This film is a uniquely entertaining and original character study as well as a journey of self discovery. Jenna, the main character, a pie making and pie serving waitress, takes you with her through the sometimes rocky path we must follow to find our true self. In the film, the black humor and many character flaws and misguided choices along the way cleverly lead to a feel good type ending. Terrific and divergent writing (+ directing &acting in this film) by the late Adrienne Shelly and wonderful performances by the entire cast. This film will definitely make you want to order you own slice of pie and realize that it's only human to make mistakes but neccessary to learn and grow from them...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit--I braced myself to hate this film. My husband kept mentioning that it was receiving good reviews, and, having read a bit about it myself, I agreed to see it, but my expectations were not high. I was expecting a fluffy, faux-empowering chick flick what I received was a revelation. How refreshing it was for me to see a nuanced portrayal of womanhood that did not demean or trivialize its characters. The three waitresses are allowed to be vulnerable, sexy, quirky, strong, independent, and smart without playing to some well-worn stereotype. Even the men of the film are allowed layers, which is rare to see in many "girl-power" movies. The end image of Jenna, her friends, and Jenna's little Lulu is inspiring in every sense of the word. What's more, "Waitress" deviates from the standard abused-wife-finds-true-love structure to allow Jenna to find her own way. One should not venture into viewing this film if looking for a standard romantic dramedy--"Waitress" does not allow such categorization. This is truly a testament to Adrienne Shelley's prowess with words and emotions, and it is refreshing and a little heartbreaking to know that this will be her legagcy.
Grago More than 1 year ago
Normally a romantic comedy starring Kerri Russell and the guy from Firefly (Nathan Fillion) would raise a few eyebrows before being dismissed outright. Well, don't. Waitress is moving, inspiring, emotional, funny, and all the things a great movie should be, without insulting the audience's intelligence with banal storytelling. For that Adrienne Shelly can be thanked for that, doing the triple duty of writing, directing, and even playing a nominal role exceptionally well (sadly, she was murdered in her home not long after wrap-up, so she never saw first-hand the fruits of her labor). Also, Russell and Fillion are fantastic as an emotionally-burdened soon-to-be mother with a talent for making pies and her charming, jocular doctor who loves her, respectively. But the best part of the movie may be any part including the scene-stealing Andy Griffith as Russell's boss, the owner of the pie shop she works at. As tender as every moment in the movie is, the story of a battered woman overcoming obstacles to try and find something better while learning to love her unborn child is so real and put together so wonderfully that you can't help but smile all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this movie. Keri Russell is a delight. Nathan Fillion (now of TV's "Castle") is to die for. I just love this movie!
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this one from my parents to watch, and though there are other movies like this I enjoy better, this one was still pretty enjoyable. I rather liked Andy Griffith's part in this, kinda comical, and I really would have liked to see Nathion Fillion and Keri Russell's character wind up together in the end, but it still had a great ending...and I really don't think Nathan Fillion's character wound up with a bad deal in the end, after you see who he's married too. Can't say I really liked Keri Russell's character's husband in this that much, Jeremy Sisto's character, but then again, you're not really suppose to like him. For the most part though, this was a pretty enjoyable movie, and the cast all did well. If you're into romantic comedies & such, check this one out.
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