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Review of the Film "Waitress"

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The film Waitress (2007), written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, is a wonderful independent film. The film is about a woman named Jenna Hunterson, played by Keri Russell, who escapes the harshness of reality by baking delicious pies. The film takes place in the south where Keri Russell plays a miserable waitress. Jenna works at a bakery by the name of, Joe’s Pie Diner where she creatively concocts pies inspired by her life. Janna marries a horrible self-centered abusive man by the name of Earl, played by Jeremy Sisto. During the film, Jenna becomes pregnant and her whole world changes. Unlike most films, when the mother embraces the pregnancy, Jenna is actually painstakingly upset. Throughout the entirety of the film, Jenna talks about how much she does not want the child. Jenna’s physician who goes by the name of Jim Pomatter, played by Nathan Fillion, is the gentlemen who not only confirms her pregnancy, but changes her life for the better.

 

This film is unique in the sense that, it makes the viewer feel sympathetic for the characters that do extremely immoral things. Jenna’s and her physician’s affair would have been frowned upon but Adrienne Shelly portrayed the situation in a way that made us as a viewer almost encourage such activities. They are the ones being unfaithful and sneaky but because Jenna’s husband treats her so poorly we accepted the affair. Because the affair made Jenna happy, it made us happy. Another frowned upon thing was Jenna’s hatred for her child. Pregnancy is beautiful; it’s seen as sacred thing and yet Jenna’s is absolutely miserable when she discovers she’s pregnant. Her becoming pregnant almost ruined her dreams of escaping which is part of the reason why I believe she resented the baby so much. Seeing how miserable the child made her however, the hatred seemed fair and the viewer sided with her and almost grew to hate the baby as well. The viewer just wants her to be happy and the baby did the opposite. This film is very relatable to the average person as it shows how not even the most loveable characters are perfect. Everyone has flaws that we work on each and every day just like Jenna. One can’t rely on others to make them happy. One has to take their own lives in their hands and find their own happiness. This is the underlining theme of the film. One can watch Keri Russell’s character grow over the entirety of the film. In the beginning, Jenna is this miserable woman who does not stand up for herself. Her boss pushes her around at work, talking down to her and bossing her around like she is meaningless. Then she goes home to an abusive crazy insecure husband who has to put her down to build himself up. She quietly sit’s there while he pushes her down and insults her. A perfect example of this is when Jenna dreams of joining a pie contest and Earl says absolutely not. She does nothing to try to fight him.It is only once she becomes pregnant does she finally start doing things for herself. In the end, not only does she finally stand up to herself against Earl, she is strong enough to tell her physician that she doesn't need him in her life either.

 

The mise-en-scene was created perfectly in the scenes and settings where the film takes place. In the diner for example, the mise-en-scene creates a feeling of southern comfort. The outfits the waitresses wear takes the viewer back in time where customer service was personally and everyone at the diner was a local. The diner was a place everyone went to get a slice of happiness. Even Keri’s character was happy when she was making pies.I enjoyed the pie making motif that the movie portrayed. Every time something of significance happened to Jenna, she thought up a pie recipe that represented the situation. The scene cuts to Keri Russell, making the pie and the viewer gets to watch the ingredients get thrown into a pie tin with the same song playing in the background. It was interesting to see what types of pies were made for certain types of situations. If the situation was terrible, the ingredients were weird and didn’t seem like they would go well together.

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Waitress Review

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It’s impossible to think or talk about Waitress without recognizing the tragic fate bestowed on its creator, Adrienne Shelly.
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Cinema Blend was a well detailed website that described the plot of the film. For those who have not seen the film, this website could draw their attention. The website talks about some techniques’ the Adrienne Shelly used along with some of the elements seen in the film.

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Waitress (2007)

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Directed by Adrienne Shelly. With Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines. Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south.
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This was the first site I looked at to gather some basic information about the film. This site has tons of information about any film including the year the film was made and the director of the film along with all the actors and actresses that were in the film. There is a short synopsis of the film as well.

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Waitress

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With her final film, late director-actress Adrienne Shelly follows a Southern waitress (Keri Russell) who expresses her emotions in pie form.
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The A.V. Club webpage contained interesting viewpoints of the film waitress. It compared the characters to that of other films. The author seemed to have a negative view on the film. Certain negative aspects were pointed out that I did not have even noticed because I enjoyed the film. This site was helpful in a sense that it got me to think about the movie from all different perspectives.

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Waitress (2007) - Box Office Mojo

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Waitress summary of box office results, charts and release information and related links.
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Box Office Mojo was a really good source of facts. The site is full of details about the film, from rankings on a chart to how much money the film made. This site was full of valuable information.

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Sweet, smart, and quirky, Waitress hits the right, bittersweet notes through this romantic comedy through its witty script and a superb performance by Keri Russell.
Heather Birtwistle's insight:

Rotten tomatoes was a very helpful site. This site contained tons of information about the film; from the genre of the film to the actors and actresses in the film to everyone’s own personally review of the film this site was very valuable.

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