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VINE VOICEon 19 August 2008
Normally i would rather French kiss Pete Doherty than watch anything that comes under the heading romantic comedy. Yet Waitress somehow seduced me into wanting to watch it and i,m very glad it did as this is a modest but sparkling film with impressive naturalistic performances and a vivacious empathetic script.
Writer Adrienne Shelly also plays the part of dowdy waitress Dawn who works in Joes,s Diner along with vivacious Becky (Cheryl Hines) and ace pie baker Jenna ( Keri Russell) who can think up the perfect pie for any occasion. The " I don,t want Earls baby pie" in this case as she has just found she is expecting her first child to her controlling bully of a husband Earl ( Jeremy Sisto). Not too surprisingly she views the impending sprog as a further chain around her neck. Release arrives in the form of new doctor in town,Dr Jim Pommater( Nathan Fillion) who she begins an awkward but none the less passionate affair with . The owner of the diner , not too surprisingly called Joe( Andy Griffith) , is a gruff finicky old grouch but has a bond with him and he tells her "i,t,s never too late" and that's the advice that forms the central precept of this film to fuzzy edged golden glowing effect.
While i would,nt go along with the opinion that this movie is hilarious - to me i,its more wryly amusing than anything - i do,nt think this prevents Waitress being a consistently enjoyable experience. The performances are uniformly terrific.Keri Russell is outstanding in the lead, fresh and pretty ( even when huffing and puffing sweatily in labour ) she radiates an innocent sex appeal . Less innocent but no less sexy is Cheryl Hines who gets most of the best comic lines. And if the ending is overly confected feel good blamange then so what? It,s that type of film.
Waitress is none the less a bitter sweet experience when you hear about the murder of Adrienne Shelley who never lived to learn of the films acceptance into the Sundance festival 2007, nor the universal praise that the film garnered on general release . Speaking as someone who has only ever liked one other romantic comedy -"When Harry Met Sally [1989] " - Waitress is something of a revelation . A heart-warming thoroughly likable pie of a movie.Sweet but not too sweet you end up queasily regretting over-indulging.
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on 11 September 2016
I adore this movie, its so very different from many of the movies now a days so it felt like a breath of fresh air. It is very much a romantic comedy with a great story line and pies. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone.
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on 8 May 2012
Waitress is a lovely indie film about long suffering Jenna, who works at Joe's Pie Diner and discovers she is pregnant by her creepy, abusive husband and is looking for a way out. Sweet performances by all the female leads, good dialogue and often funny, despite its darker edges, I fell in love with this film and I have watched it many times. This film hasn't made a huge name for itself but is so worth the watch, I hugely recommend it.
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on 28 March 2017
Been looking for this movie for years! So happy I finally found it again
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on 18 April 2018
My daughters loved
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on 24 February 2014
I love this film!

It's sweet, and can be really sad at times but I love the friendship between the waitresses and I like how Keri Russell isn't the airhead, stereotypical, ditzy southern belle. She is fierce and holds her own!

The only downside is, the film made me want to move to America and open a pie shop.
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on 1 February 2018
most enjoyable movie, lovely storyline, excellent acting
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on 7 May 2014
Despite the distraction of Mal (Firefly) being the male lead this was an enjoyable movie. It is certainly flawed but I think on balance the flaws are forgiveable and give it a fairytale like nature.
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on 10 November 2015
I watched this film as soon as I discovered it was being produced as a Broadway musical. The film is very enjoyable and easy to watch. I thought the ending was beautiful.
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on 19 November 2016
Brilliant film! Must watch if you love indie dramas!
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