Keri Russell stars in Waitress, one of the rare movies to feature the well known TV actress in a starring role. The movie may also be a breakout one for the "Felicity" star as she turns in a great performance as a depressed, adulterous waitress who loves making pies but hates her husband.
Waitress focuses on the nine months following waitress Jenna's discovery that she has become pregnant. Upset that she let herself get drunk that one night which resulted in her allowing her deadbeat husband (Jeremy Sisto) to have sex with her, she becomes more depressed than ever and begins to envision a long life of hell with the man. However, between pie making and great sex with her married doctor (Nathan Fillon, of "Firefly"), things start to look up - except that she's still pregnant with her husband's baby. What's a girl to do?
Waitress is one of those simple films that just happens to click together perfectly. It isn't absurdly funny or deeply emotional, and no one is going to win any awards for the film. Still, the movie is simply entertaining. Russell's performance is terrific, and her matter-of-fact approach to the character really works to her advantage. Of course, the screenplay compliments her acting wonderfully, and every character is enjoyable to watch. Sisto, as Earl the crappy husband, is also a lot of fun to watch.
The movie has a pretty good ending, too, which is a bit surprising. There are only a few ways everything could have wrapped up, and none of them looked like very respectable options from the beginning. Somehow, though, writer/director Adrienne Shelly pulls it off.
For those of you who like quirky little comedies, Waitress is highly recommended.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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