Waitress

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Sweet, smart, and quirky, Waitress hits the right, bittersweet notes through this romantic comedy through its witty script and a superb performance by Keri Russell.

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Jenna (Keri Russell) works in a diner in a small Southern town and is a genius at creating luscious desserts, but her marriage to an overbearing lout (Jeremy Sisto) makes happiness impossible. When she discovers she is pregnant, she makes plans to skip town before her condition is obvious. However, she begins an affair with the new town doctor (Nathan Fillion), who is the only one who knows her secret.

Cast & Crew

Nathan Fillion
Dr. Pomatter
Todd King
Executive Producer
Matthew Irving
Cinematographer
Annette Davey
Film Editor
Andrew Hollander
Original Music
Ramsey Avery
Production Design
Susan Lynch
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Critic Reviews for Waitress

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (155) | Rotten (19)

  • Shelly deftly achieves a tone pitched between fantasy and reality, its levity belying an astute and humane study of an unhappy relationship steeped in inertia.

    February 10, 2014 | Full Review…

    Shauna Lyon

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Funny, gentle, unpatronising, if occasionally naive and quirky.

    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • The film is hardly flawless - even the pie-baking scenes sometimes seem half-baked - but it's hard not to read promise into every frame, and to wonder what Shelly might have cooked up in the future.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
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  • Waitress is not a perfectly cut, factory-line Safeway-brand slice. It does, though, serve up a generous deep-dish portion, homemade and heartfelt, that leaves a sweet taste goes down.

    November 28, 2007 | Full Review…

    Mark Bourne

    Film.com
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  • The sunniness of its tone is so disarming that it keeps you onside no matter what.

    October 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The pies themselves, produced in all the colours of a rainbow - look disgustingly plastic.

    August 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Waitress

  • Apr 06, 2013
    Waitress is a charming, gentle, often dark yet extremely quirky comedy. It feels even darker since the subsequent murder of its writer/director/supporting actor Adrienne Shelley who didn't live to see the film's release. Anchored with a lovely, subtle sad eyed performance by the beautiful Keri Russell and a cast of terrific comedic prodigy actors, including the great Andy Griffith in his last film appearance as the crusty diner owner. It's a singular, meaningful and poetic comedy, despite its light touch and tone. It's the apparently simple story of Jenna, small town southern waitress, with a god given talent for creating original and delicious pies. Stuck in a horrible marriage with an idiot husband, Jenna's saving money so she can bolt - until she finds out she's pregnant. She falls into a hopeless intense affair with a married young doctor, played with customary charm and intelligence by TV's own Cary Grant, Nathan Fillion. That's about the whole story, the stakes keep getting raised higher as the doctor and the waitress carry on an increasingly steamy affair just as her belly gets bigger and her husband gets more demanding and abusive. The pies are a terrific touch, because the recipes are thematically related to the beats of the story (i.e. I hate my husband pie, crushed lumpy oatmeal and sour cherries, etc.). The making of the pies is shot gorgeously and, amazingly this device never gets tired. I forced myself to watch this, because on paper, it looks like a cliched, gratuitously offbeat comedy full of faux folksiness and bad southern accents. It's far better than that. Director Shelley and Cheryl Hines play her fellow waitresses with verve and spunk, and Jeremy Sisto as the abusive husband may be stupid, but he's an identifiable human being, not a cliched villain, who evokes our empathy, even as we are rooting for Jenna to get the hell out of the marriage. On the DVD extras, the cast all rhapsodize about Shelley's having such a clear vision of what she wanted and how she was a control freak for every aspect of this production. That is palpably true, and it's a tragedy that she didn't get to make more films. See this one, you'll be happy.
    Josh M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2012
    Our world needs a few feel-good movies, and 'Waitress' fits the bill. Earl (why are Southern bad guys always called Earl?) needs to be taught a lesson, and Jenna finds a way to accomplish that.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    Quirky and silly film but Sandra Bullock is really great
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2011
    "Waitress" is lovely if a bit slight. Keri Russell proves once again that she is a luminous, elegant actress and this is completely her film. This is charming and witty but ultimately light. It could have done with a bit more edge but for what it's worth, "Waitress" is still very much worth seeing.
    Steven C Super Reviewer

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