Adrienne Shelly, Andy Griffith, Cheryl Hines, Comedy, Drama, Jeremy Sisto, Keri Russell, Movie, Nathan Fillion, Romance, Waitress
Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Adrienne Shelly, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith
Jenna: I should never have drank! I do stupid things when I drink…like sleep with my husband.
Jenna (Russell) is an expert pie maker and works as a waitress at a small diner that sells her pies. She’s been saving money to finally leave her abusive husband, but when she finds out she’s pregnant, escape seems impossible. Then she meets her new doctor who is everything that her husband is not…except for married.
I really like this movie. It has a certain something that’s hard to define. Maybe “heart” would be the right word. And right at the center of that heart is a great performance by Keri Russell. I’d never really seen her in anything else, but she definitely won me over with this one. She has a tough job. She must charm the audience despite the fact that she’s having an affair with a married man. We can sympathize with her straying from her no good husband, but Dr. Pomatter (Fillion) has a loving wife. His indiscretion is a bit harder to overlook. Though, Nathan Fillion is likable enough to make us (and Jenna) forget about that too. I guess the two keys are that Jenna has to be charming and sympathetic enough that we’d believe the doc couldn’t help himself, and the abusive husband storyline has to be serious enough that we’d actually root for Jenna to cheat on him. Mission accomplished, I suppose.
The men in this movie don’t come out looking too good. Most are either too needy, too mean, or just general losers. Though, I guess the women don’t fare much better. They’re either cheating on their husbands or they’re so desperate that they’ll settle from one of said general losers.
Cheryl Hines and Adrienne Shelly are both good as Jenna’s waitress friends. Sadly, though, this was Shelly’s last time directing and acting, as she was murdered just before the release of the film. Every time I watch it, I feel a bit sad seeing her as Dawn because she’s just so darned likable and funny.
I guess if you’re going to be remembered for your last film, this is a good one to be remembered by. It’s funny, looks good, has good performances, good romantic chemistry between the leads, and good general chemistry between everybody.
Oh, and there’s lots of pie.
Seems like you can make a pie out of just about anything…
10 – 1 for a character that’s just too over the top – .4 for the end being a little oversimplified to an unrealistic degree = 8.6
I can’t watch this without getting all sad that Adrienne Shelly isn’t around anymore. What a tragic end to a blossoming career. She was a great character actress, and “Waitress” proves she had a future as a director.
Keri Russell really surprised me with how good she was here — just funny and touching and tough and vulnerable. Fillion continues to impress me with his ability to take a line of dialogue (any line, really) and make it funny with his awkward delivery.
The only weak link might have been Jeremy Sisto’s character, who came across a little too obviously scary to fit in this kind of comedy.
I saw this a while back on your recommendation. I like the movie overall, but I have the same problem mcarter there had. And I really enjoy Jeremy Sisto as an actor. I liked him on Six Feet Under and I enjoy him on Law and Order now as well. I just had trouble seeing how this sweet girl would get hooked up with this super-obvious monster in the first place. Besides that, Fillion was good as always (makes me want to watch Dr. Horrible again just thinking about it)… Keri Russell was good….. just the abusive husband stuff was so dark and Sisto gave a good performance, it just seemed a little out of place.
And, yeah, is it that easy to make pies? Maybe I should try making some crazy pie some time….
as far as sisto’s character, i think it’s a case of somebody changing after marriage. maybe his abundance of attention to her seemed romantic, but then it gradually turned into neediness and insecurity on his part. he’s so afraid of losing her that he resorts to intimidation and fear.
she mentions at some point that her husband has turned into somebody she doesn’t even know (or something like that)…so that would seem to fit with my thoughts on the matter…
I just watched this one as well. Lol…I didn’t like it as much as you did though. I thought it was rather slow and only moderately funny.