Adrienne Shelly directs Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion and herself in this romantic comedy where a put upon waitress in a small town diner falls for her new doctor when she becomes pregnant.
The above précis is a reduction, as Waitress is a simple movie about a whole lot more than its central hook. It is vividly colourful and has the basic narrative arc of a fairy tale but the issues it explores are more real, messy and emotionally intelligent than most prestige movies. Shelly makes her low budget treat work as an ensemble comedy, seduce as a brittle romance and land as a unfussy feminist drama. It is a blue collar fantasy anchored by Russell’s excellent turn as the cynical dreamer at its heart. Lovely stuff and by golly those pies look delicious!
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