“Waitress” stars a high caliber cast that includes Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith, and Adrienne Shelly. It takes place during a woman’s pregnancy and her unhappy marriage.
Jenna (Keri Russell) is a waitress working in the small town restuaruant “Joe’s Diner”. Jenna has a passion for making pies. Many different pies with some strange names. Her controllable husband, Earl, takes her hard earned money and spends it on himself. This keep Jenna from winning the pie baking contest for $25,000, and ends up having an affair with her married gynecologist who believes in her attempt at happiness.
“Waitress” is written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, who appears in the co-staring role as Dawn. This is a decent film, but highly overrated by many. I felt like I was watching a Soap Opera. This is not a good thing for me. The acting was on par for the most part. Keri Russell gives what will probably be the performance of her career. This and the directing are the only film aspects that I can think of that peeked my interest throughout the movie.
“Waitress” is full of dysfunctional characters that I can’t see anyone relating to. This might be one of my main reasons for disliking the movie, but that doesn’t stop the fact that waitress will find many that will actually say this is a great movie. I did like how unique some of her “dream pies” were. That is one of the positive things about “Waitress”, the uncommon imagination behind it all. The fact that Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion have great chemistry doesn’t hurt the movie.
Good acting but I still don’t see what all the fuss is about. Other than the acting, the movie is too quirky for it’s own good. I think that “Waitress” will find it’s audience, but I am surprised at how many people thought that this was a great movie. This is why it made my Top 5 Most Overrated Films of 2007. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it. The acting and the individual imagination of Adrienne Shelly is about all this strange and unusual dramedy has to offer. It was a hard choice, but it qualifies as overrated for me.