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Adrienne Shelly, Jeremy Sisto
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Waitress is a movie that was written and directed by Adrienne Shelly.  It is a dark comedy that stars Adrienne Shelly, Kerri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, and Cheryl Hines.  It was produced in 2007 with a showing at The Sundance Festival just a few months after the unfortunate death of Adrienne Shelly in 2006.  This movie happens to be a dark comedy about women and the views that they have about life and love.

                The movie takes us on a journey by having us follow the main character as she is in the present situation she is found to the end result of her breaking free and ending up where she wants to be with a twist.  The main character’s present situation is she is in a dead end job at a pie diner, in a marriage to an abusive husband, and with child of which she does not want.  She does find some comfort from the two friends she has at the diner who also have some issues within the arena of love.  There is a new doctor who ends up befriending the main character and a cranky old man by the name of Joe who tries to give her advice in his own unique way of things.

                In the movie, the scenes take place in a few locations throughout this small town in the south.  The places are the pie diner, the main character’s home with her husband, the bus stop, and the doctor’s office.  Even though the main character wants to leave and go to some other city to start over and make a new life for her alone, the whole movie takes place at these four main locations.

                What sticks out most is the use of the pies, which the main character is very good at making, to express her frustration or satisfaction with certain situations in her life.  It seems that the pies would become the story behind the movie as a way for the main character to leave her present situation.  On the other hand, it seems that the story is about a miserable life and being stuck in a bad marriage with what appears to be no way out.  I don’t think that the overall theme was delivered well.  It seemed scattered and with not a good flow other than the flow that happens over the period of the pregnancy.  In that retrospect it seems that the pregnancy and the pies are the glue that might hold the movie together.

                What gets me as well is the fact that the movie is labeled a dark comedy.  To me, it seems more of a lighthearted comedy than a dark comedy.  For me, there is not enough sarcasm in the movie to be labeled a dark comedy.  When the actors try to be sarcastic in the scenes that need to have it there, there is no enthusiasm or feel that they shouldn’t even bother with the delivery.  Some of the situations in the movie seem to be “over the top”.  In other words, these situations, in my opinion, do not belong or could be toned down and be more condescending in these particular situations.  The storyline that is involved is a good idea but the delivery was not up to what I would expect.  In ways it seems a bit sloppy in the delivery.  The actors seem to be just going through the motions and not really putting there heart into it.

                The main idea of the movie is a woman who is trying to get away from her husband.  The husband is an abusive husband but not in a physical way.  The abuse he delivers is one of manipulation, verbal, and mental abuse.  Through these means he can dominate or control the situation and his wife.  It is through the pies that the wife makes that she believes that can help her escape but in the end it is something else entirely different that helps her finds the strength to leave and do what she loves to do.  Again the acting and the delivery does not help the idea but hinder it to some extent.

                Overall the movie itself was not bad but it can be improved upon with some attention given to not only the little details but also some of the bigger details within the core of it.  Outside of these little tweaks, the movie is something to watch due to the interesting idea and the general way it is presented in the movie.

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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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IMDB is always a good website to find reviews and summaries about movies.  The summary is from the website and the reviews come from users of IMDB (have to register to participitate).  I find this site helpful when looking up on movies.

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Heroes of the Zeroes: Waitress

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"Waitress" — an occasionally goopy-sweet, but stunning and sincere slice of life — continues Nick Rogers' daily look back at the 365 best films of 2000-2009.
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This review gives a lighthearted but accurate account of what the movie is about.

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Waitress

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This sweet, sassy and delicious slice of life tale reveals the power of friendship, motherhood and the willingness to take a chance. (Fox Searchlight)
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Metacritic can be harsh (as with rotten tomatoes) at times when giving a review about some movies but not in this movie case.  It is a score based review from the reviews that are given by critics and users.  It is nice that both movie critics and everyday people can voice a review and it will be worth something.

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Waitress

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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.
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Found this review on Rotten Tomatoes website.  It is accurate for the movie that is talked about.

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Adrienne Shelly, Waitress, Sundance - Film - New York Times

Adrienne Shelly, Waitress, Sundance - Film - New York Times | The Waitress | Scoop.it
All films arrive at Sundance with a back story, but none have the poignancy of “Waitress,” which was written and directed by Adrienne Shelly.
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This review doesn't talk much about the movie itself but more of the tragedy that unfolded with the death of Adrienne Shelly and its affect on those that attended The Sundance Festival.

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