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A tasty little pie of a film ,sweet but not saccharine.
on 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  " - 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.