Sundance Review: Waitress

January 23, 2007

  • US Release Date: Sundance Film Fest 2007
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Running Time: 104 minutes
  • Directed by: Adrienne Shelly
  • on IMDb
  •    8.5/10

As I sit here writing this I'm waiting in a hotel room with Keri Russell and Cheryl Hines while they eat some lunch, but don't worry, there is no additional bias (or gossip) here - I really did love Waitress. It's a sweet little romance with some cute comedy thrown in about a desperate waitress named Jenna (played by the gorgeous Keri Russell) who doesn't want her unborn baby, hates her life, and only wants to make pies at the diner she works at for the rest of her life. Although a number of always wonderful romances come out every year, Waitress sticks out above the rest, especially given that the director/writer/star Adrienne Shelly was tragically murdered just last November.


The biggest trouble in these types of films is keeping them on the fine line between romance and comedy, and this walks that line with finesse. It's lovely and delightful, full of heart from the cast and crew all-around. The three friends and waitresses, Jenna (Russell), Becky (Cheryl Hines), and Dawn (Adrienne Shelly), deliver some quirky yet magnificent performances, and I can't forget to mention Nathan Fillion, who adds a particular amount of charm to the film. Another great Sundance movie that I gladly got to see on this fine day that has hardly any problems and is all around wonderful. I definitely urge you to go out and see it once it reaches theaters - as it was just signed bought by Fox Searchlight.


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  • KL
    Don't worry! I will RUN to the theater the minute it comes out! I love Keri Russell way too much.
  • Brenda
    I can't wait to see it !!!!!!!!!
  • Oh my god, i can not wait to see it, Nathan Fillion is so great, he can play any roles!
  • Jacqueline Stolz
    Nathan Fillion is charm on a stick
  • Yea, I love Nathan Fillion, too...! And check out the interview with him that we just posted today! :) He's such a great guy.
  • jen callahan
    Loved this story- warm, funny, heartwarming and musically memorable.... can't wait to see it again when it's released.
  • Natalie
    Oh, to be Keri Russell in that last picture... :) This movie looks really sweet. I will most certainly be at the theatre the moment it is released. Thanks for the review and the awesome Nathan Fillion interview. One of the best I've heard!
  • waitress
    I don't know if you can pick this up.... thanks for your encouragement. it meant a lot to michael. Love, BA
  • Jill
    I have seen "Waitress", but I will be in line to see it again the day it opens.......and quite possibly again the day after that!




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