Director: Adrienne Shelly
Cast: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl
Hines, Adrienne Shelly, Eddie Jemison with Jeremy Sisto and
RunTime: 1 hr 46 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Rating: NC-16 (Scenes of Intimacy)
Official Website: www.foxsearchlight.com/waitress/
Opening Day: 13 September 2007 (Exclusively
at Cathay Orchard and The Cathay)
WAITRESS is the story of one woman trapped in a life from
which she dreams of escape. Jenna's (Keri Russell) secret
ambition is to save enough money from her waitressing job
to leave her overbearing and controlling husband (Jeremy Sisto).
Jenna is a sharp, sassy woman with a gift for making unusual
pies whose recipes are inspired by the trials, tribulations
and circumstances of her life. An unwanted pregnancy changes
the course of events giving her an unexpected confidence via
letters to her unborn baby.
For a film that promotes a sensorial experience filled with
delectable close-ups of the making of pies, it is unfortunately,
remembered as Adrienne Shelly’s final screen performance
and directorial effort. Shelly was tragically murdered during
the production of the film. It will also be sad to note that
Waitress could possibly be Shelly’s best work to date.
is the tale of Jenna Hutcherson (Keri Russell), a waitress
at a Pie Diner who makes pies straight from heaven. She is
planning to ditch her obsessively jealous husband, Earl (Jeremy
Sisto) with the support of her fellow waitresses, Becky (Cheryl
Hines), Dawn (Adrienne Shelly) and diner owner, Joe (Andy
Griffith). At the same time, she discovers her pregnancy amidst
falling in love with her new and married gynecologist, Dr.
Pommater (Nathan Fillion).
is a smart and funny film, ready to charm an audience with
its ability to avoid the pitfalls that bemoan romantic comedies
as of late. In Jenna, we see a friend who is going through
the rollercoaster of love not a mere character we are getting
acquainted with for the next two hours. In doing so, the film
is honest and real and one will be quick to identify with
Jenna’s plight. In the diner, Jenna is most at home.
Her eyes sparkle and glow with a burning passion, determined
to carve out a new life of her own. Yet, when she is in Earl’s
presence, her eyes immediately tell a different tale and instead,
we see a longing, to break away.
Russell as Jenna is just so full of warmth; she would remind
one of her Felicity days on television. She radiates on screen
that it is unimaginable to think of another actress to play
the role of Jenna. This girl is finally getting her break
what now with The Upside of Anger, Mission Impossible 3 and
Waitress on her resume. There will be more of her to come
in August Rush, filled with a star-studded cast that includes
Freddie Highmore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Terrence Howard.
Sisto plays the role of the jealous husband to a T. He plays
his character so convincingly that one would not have to think
twice of giving him a hit in the face. Nathan Fillion plays
the role of Dr. Pommater with the right amount of nervousness
and jitters akin to the school boy with a high school crush.
The evergreen Andy Griffith provides much wisdom as Joe, owner
of the diner and pseudo-mentor to Jenna. But it is Adrienne
Shelly who plays Dawn the waitress who on occasion takes the
spotlight for her effervescent nature on screen.
may not be the most romantic of romantic comedies to date
but it warrants enough for one take a date to. With the amount
of pies being shown on screen, one might also want to keep
spare change for a nice supper after the film. A nice film,
a nice slice of pie afterward, one might just be showered
with a nice kiss or two for one’s efforts.
(A charming film that will make you crave for some pie, or
Review by Mohamad Shaifulbahri