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the film "Waitress"
The film Waitress was released in 2007, written and directed by Adrienne Shelley. It tells a story of a smart, sassy young woman who works as a waitress in a pie diner in a small southern town. The film serves as a great entertainment with an amazing cast, Keri Russel (Jenna), Nathan Fillion (Dr. Pomatter), Cheryl Hines (Becky), Adrienne Shelley (Dawn), Eddi Jeminson (Ogie), Lew Temple (Cal), Jeremy Sisto (Earl) and Andy Griffith (Old Joe). The film has great story and messages behind it. It is about how people preserve through horrible circumstances. It is about recognizing the second chances that life sometimes gives us and seizing those chances and doing something with our lives, something that makes us happy, and something that makes life worth living.
Jenna works with two co-workers at Joe’s Pie Diner, Dawn and Becky. They are her best friends and each one has her own life complications. Jenna is gifted in her miracle making of pies, which Joe, the grumpy man, knows it. She is unhappily married to Earl who seems to have every possible loathsome trait a husband could have, which he thinks is called love and protect for Jenna. Jenna remembers and traces that Earl got her drunk one night six weeks earlier, so she becomes pregnant with a baby that she is sure she will not love. This which limits her chances of getting away from Earl. She makes an appointment with her OBGYN and discovers that her doctor has retired and a handsome young Dr. Pomatter has taken over the practice. Jenna start to have an affair with the doctor, which I found a weak point in the film because both are married, but Dr. Pomatter does manage to give Jenna support and sincere caring during her pregnancy that Earl would not give, which gave Jenna some happy moments. When her baby finally born, the baby that she was sure she would hate, Jenna finds the strength and the means to make something different out of her life. So, she wins a pie contest and opens a pie restaurant and goes on in her life with her beautiful daughter.
Speaking more closely about the characters, it is worth mentioning that Adrienne Shelly plays as one of Jenna’s co-workers in the film, was murdered after the movie and before it was released. The film was her third to edit. With a small budget $1,500,000 and only 20 days shooting period, Shelly was able to do a great job in writing and editing this movie. She knew what she was doing, and what messages she wants to express to people. Shelley did a very good job in blending comedy, romance and drama. The words that Shelley put in the movie script, makes you feel as if she poured her soul into it. The cast is amazing, everyone is perfect for his/her role and makes you feel like the parts were written for the actors who ended up playing them. Their costumes are perfect for their roles and for a southern town. The plot is very clear. We can see everything within the frame. The actuality and reality that Jenna and all the cast play get our emotions and make us feel what Jenna feels and make us come through the hard situations together with her.
One of the greatest visual scenes in the film is when Jenna translates her emotions and thought into making a pie and names it according to the situation like “Pregnant Miserable Self Pitying Loser Pie” and “I hate my husband”. The pies that she makes in the film look delicious as her personality in the movie and her joy when she sings and make the pies, which makes you live the moment with her. Also, she expresses her madness in making these mashed and busy ingredient pies. The song that she sings when she is happy and making a pie is very smooth and nice and it sticks in your mind, “Baby don't you cry gonna make a pie, gonna make a pie with a heart in the middle”. Every time I hear the word pie, I start singing it.
Another bright scene is when Jenna delivers her baby in the hospital and says, “Give her to me” and sees the newborn baby for the first time. This scene with Jenna’s face expressions when she holds the baby makes me cry no matter how many times I watch it. It leaves an image in your head about motherhood and how they feel when they deliver their babies. When Jenna looks at her baby, it does not take her a minute to decide her goal and future life as a mother.
This is an amazing movie. Cheryl Hines, in an interview with her, says “I thought she (Shelley) did such a good job not only creating these characters but capturing the complexity of life and the choices that we make, the idea that life is not black and white. Sometimes you make the wrong decision but you might be having the time of your life while doing it and then is that wrong? I thought it captured very interesting concepts.” I agree with Hines, the movie really teaches you a lesson on how to keep on in your life and make correct decisions when life gives you a second chance.
This film is as sweet as the pies that Jenna makes. I love how she translates her emotions and thoughts into pies and the good ending that shows how motherhood fills Jenna with joy which makes audiences feel warm and happy. I recommend watching this film to everyone, it is rated PG-13, so older kids can watch it with supervision of parents because of some sex scenes and some swearing. But overall it is amazing.