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Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith,
Fox Searchlight Pictures
||It's an adult
story with some sex talk. Leave them at home.
||Only if you're not
||Some scenes, but
||Earl hits Jenna.
He's an asshole.
||There are a lot of
cute and funny moments.
||Jenna writing the
letter to her unborn child.
||Old Joe: "She had
big ones." Just not something you would think of
hearing from Andy Griffith.
I will come right and say it: Go ahead, pull my "Guy
Card." Why? Because I really liked the movie "Waitress." Now
that thatís over with, letís get to the film.
A Movie Review
"Waitress" tells the story of three waitresses, Becky
(Cheryl Hines), Dawn (Adrienne Shelly), and Jenna (Keri
Russell). Most of the movie revolves around Jenna with some
other insights into the wacky relationships the other
dudettes are having. But itís Jenna who matters most, mostly
because she has an uber-jerk for a husband, Earl (Jeremy
Sisto), always begging the question in my head of how do
these sweet girls end up with these complete assholes.
Anyway, Earl is the kind of guy that thinks he is the
provider, but mostly because he makes Jenna give her
whatever money she makes. Heís also the kind of guy that will
threaten you with a hand across the face (although every now
and then itís no longer a threat), if you donít agree with
his way of thinking, with his idea of what a wife should be,
and even if you fail to ask how his day was. Jenna, though,
can bake a mean pie, with just about any combination of
ingredients, which she names appropriately as her days go
along. She dreams of breaking away from Earl, has been
saving up some money to enter a pie contest away from town,
and then disaster strikes for her Ė she finds herself with
Enter Dr. Pomater (Nathan Fillion), the new gynecologist
in town, who ends up being Jennaís doc because her normal
doc is going into semi-retirement. Instantly there is sexual
tension between the doc and Jenna, and surprisingly that
tension breaks into a full-on affair. The rest of the movie
is now giving us the story of how Jennaís plan of getting
away falls apart (she was pretty stupid in her get-away),
Earl finding out she is pregnant, Jenna and the doc thinking
they are perfect for each other yet both are married, and
through it all we get the wisdom of Old Joe (Andy Griffith
in a fantastic role), the owner of the diner Jenna and our
other waitresses work at, as he sees right through Jenna and
does his best to keep Jenna from forgetting her dream.
Yea, this movie is a dudette flick, and if you are a cad
like Earl, you will utterly hate the film. But it is filled
with great looks at relationships, even ones based on torrid
affairs, and utterly about women needing to take that chance
and self-empower their lives. What really makes this movie
work, also, is the pretty much perfect casting of all of the
characters. Cheryl Hines as Becky brings that southern sass
of a co-worker; Adrienne Shelly plays the shy, thinks sheís
an ugly-duckling role in a nice way; and Keri Russell as
Jenna plays that sweet dudette, stuck with a jerk, then
acting out her feelings in an affair you almost feel she
deserves. But the role of the movie really has to go to Andy
Griffith, playing an old curmudgeon yet wise old dude
Sure, the ending isnít a surprise, I pretty much saw it
coming, but in the end I didnít care because it is the
ending this movie really deserves. To end it differently
would just be cruel to us, the movie audience, though there
is that dark side of me that would have had Earl stealing
And yes, even though Iím a dude, I really liked
"Waitress." Jennaís naming of the pies (like she does in the
trailer) is great, her questioning if she will love her baby
is perfect, and all in all itís just some fun, adult
entertainment. 4 Ĺ Stars out of 5.
It is worth noting, sadly, that Adrienne Shelly, who
stars as Dawn in the film, and also wrote and directed the
movie, was murdered in late 2006. Yes it is a shame
because who knows what other great films she could have
made, but if "Waitress" becomes her legacy, it's a great
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!