Waitress (2007)

ADRIENNE SHELLY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB

USA, 2007.  Night and Day Pictures.  Screenplay by Adrienne Shelly.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

The real-life tragedy of actress-writer-director ‘s murder most certainly was responsible for most of the attention that this film has received since its Sundance premiere, but don’t dismiss it on publicity alone; it’s a sweet and affecting little tale of its lead heroine’s personal awakening. is unconvincing but lovely as a diner waitress and outstanding pie baker (she puts her personal life into every new recipe she invents each day) married to an abusive lout () determined not to let her get away from him. When she discovers she is pregnant, she decides that it’s the worst news that could possibly come her way, even though her best friends at the diner (, Shelly) insist otherwise. Through the progression of her pregnancy, plus the romantic attentions of the married doctor () who attends to her, Russell slowly grows to the awareness that she is miserable and cannot continue without a serious change. The film is uneven, sweet and sentimental at parts and then switching to quirky humour at others with dark drama in the middle, but its heart is always in the right place and the performances are all wonderful. Obviously made on a small budget, it’s a bit too long but too likeable to ignore.

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