Sundance Review: Waitress
by Alex Billington
January 23, 2007
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.
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
Don't worry! I will RUN to the theater the minute it comes out! I love Keri Russell way too much.
KL on Jan 23, 2007
I can't wait to see it !!!!!!!!!
Brenda on Jan 23, 2007
Oh my god, i can not wait to see it, Nathan Fillion is so great, he can play any roles!
Nan Cherry on Jan 26, 2007
Nathan Fillion is charm on a stick
Jacqueline Stolz on Jan 29, 2007
Loved this story- warm, funny, heartwarming and musically memorable.... can't wait to see it again when it's released.
jen callahan on Jan 30, 2007
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!
Natalie on Jan 31, 2007
I don't know if you can pick this up.... thanks for your encouragement. it meant a lot to michael. Love, BA
waitress on Feb 27, 2007
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!
Jill on Apr 26, 2007
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