|Starring:||Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith, Adrienne Shelly, Eddie Jemison, Nathan Fillion|
|Genres:||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 Apr 2008|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Keri Russell is the waitress of the title in this romantic comedy
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WaitressBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 19 Aug 2007
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[Highly rated reviewer]Adrienne Shelly's fourth film as writer/director is one of those wonderful surprises that the cinema, every so often, hands to you. At first glance you've seen it all before; a woman (Russell) trapped in an unhappy marriage to a man she doesn't even like anymore (Sisto) who falls pregnant and looks for a way to escape the rut her life is in, perhaps through a relationship with the handsome new doctor in town (Fillion). As with so many things though Waitress is all in the execution.
Shelly's script just sparkles. It's loaded end to end with jokes, the great bulk of them laugh out loud funny. What makes Waitress stand out though is that all these jokes feel organic. These arent words put into peoples mouths, they come from the characters, each of whom establishes his or her own distinct voice. Shelly wisely keeps the direction simple for the most part and the film grounded solidly in reality, which allows the scripts broader moments to be easier to accept.
Shes also helped in this by her excellent cast. Keri Russell is an actress Ive only seen briefly and, to be honest, never thought a great deal of. What a difference here. The whole movie rests on Russells shoulders and shes brilliant in it. Jennas a cutie and a sweet person but Russell and Shelly refuse to make her perfect; she can be short tempered, she cheats on her husband with a married man and she doesnt love her coming baby . And yet Russell is so magnetic and funny that you cant help but love Jenna and root for her every step of the way. Nathan Fillion is effective as the constantly on edge Dr Pomater and his effortless way with a one-liner, honed under Joss Whedon, is a gift for the movie. The pie diner at which Jenna works provides a strong supporting cast too with Cheryl Hines amusingly dense, but not a little touching, as Becky and Shelly herself, sweetly funny as Dawn. Also worth mentioning are scene nabbing turns from Eddie Jemison and from Andy Griffith.
Waitress, unlike most rom-coms, doesnt offer simple answers. It doesnt tie everything up in a nice neat bow with everyone happy and smiling as the credits roll. Its much more interesting and shaded than that.
That said this is an amazingly sweet film, but one which manages to carry that tone off without becoming so sugary as to be cloying.
There is sadness behind Waitress though. This is the final film by Adrienne Shelly, soon after it was completed and mere days after its acceptance to the Sundance film festival Shelly was murdered in a senseless attack in her office. There could be no better tribute than this film, its as alive and as engaging as any released in a very long time and will ensure that though we wont have any more films from this hugely promising writer/director well remember and treasure this one at least.
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Pointless, annoying and boringBy a customer from London , 30 Dec 2008At first I thought this film would be very interesting and fun - I can take films that are slow, as long as they keep my interest - and while I wanted to give up halfway through I didn't and forced myself to continue.
The plot is paper thin - while the performances are at times okay, for a lot of it they are hammy and stilted. The script is badly wriiten and the ending is a glaringly obvious.
There is a possibilty you might enjoy it - but a very very small one.
Loved this!By a customer from Lincoln, England , 23 Dec 2008This was an excellent film about a small time girl stuck in an awful marriage expecting a baby she doesn't want. The girls friends are fantastic and great characters in itself. A must see!!
LiberatingBy a customer from Newquay , 18 Dec 2008Probably one of the most touching and down to earth screenplays ever written. I have nothing but praise for this film, delicious in both cinematography and sentimentality: I dare you not to find the room gets a little dusty by the films ending. It is such a great shame that the films director and writer, Adrienne Shelly, tragically died when it is clear 'Waitress' was just the beginning of a dazzling career. One word of warning: this is probably quite a girls movie, so all you lads out there keep that in mind when renting it, you're girlfriends will love it however!
Ugly FoodBy a customer from the beautiful North , 15 Dec 2008A charming if simple story of the liberation of a women trapped in an abusive relationship and deadend job through the magic of pie that should have been filled with exquisite - bordering on pornographic - pictures of food, but instead was let down with sugery sickly looking creations of disturbing colours. This film is not in the tradition of Chocolat or Babette's Feast. More Big Cook little Cook.
Well-directed, original plotBy a customer from London , 14 Dec 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideWhat a movie with so many 'conflicting' features- depressing but uplifting, unhappy but happy, fairytale like but realistic, immoral but moral, cruel but kind etc... Starting a movie with a waitress caught up with a horrible husband being pregnant, meeting a handsome doctor makes you predict the plot- however, the ending was something more moral and realistic yet happy. Watching this movie, it is best not to expect anything good or bad, just stay calm and take the movie as it is- and in the end I felt good as after all she was standing on her feet, and making everything right with an unexpected luck. I also liked the way they showed the doctor's character which is probably more realistic than a 'prince charming'. The overall tone was cynical but the supporting characters such as Joe, Cal and her collegues plus all the colorful mouth-watering pies were adding warmth and joy to this movie. Overall, it is a well-directed film with a good original script which I would like to see it sometime again.