Order up some “Waitress”

17 Jun

Glory, hallelujah — “Waitress” has come to Tupelo.

The little independent movie that could has finally arrived at the Malco in Tupelo, and you’re a fool if you don’t go see it.  It may not be there for long, so go as soon as you can.

 “Waitress” tells the story of Jenna (Keri Russell), a waitress at a pie shop who’s a genius at making pies. She’s trying to run away from her abusive husband, Earl (Jeremy Sisto), but everything gets complicated when she finds out she’s pregnant.
She falls in love, meanwhile, with her doctor, Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion).
Jenna continues working at the pie shop, creating new pies every day and naming them the funniest names: “I Hate My Husband Pie,” “Earl Murders Me Because I’m Having An Affair Pie,” “I Can’t Have No Affair Because It’s Wrong And I Don’t Want Earl To Kill Me Pie.”
Her life is filled with her friends and fellow waitresses, Becky (Cheryl Hines) and Dawn (Adrienne Shelly), as well as Joe (Andy Griffith), who owns the pie shop.

The story is fresh, bright and hilarious, and is beautifully filmed. Each of the actors do an outstanding job.
Griffith is the most entertaining. He is perfectly cast as the cantankerous old Joe.
Another to-die-for character is Dawn’s boyfriend, Ogie (Eddie Jemison), who will possibly make you die of laughter.
Fans of “Firefly” and “Serenity” will welcome Nathan Fillion back to the big screen. He is, as usual, terrific.

The only really sad aspect of this is that the film’s director-writer-costar, Adrienne Shelly, was murdered last year in Manhattan. That was truly the only thing that distracted me during the film — I kept thinking how horribly tragic it was that such a fine, talented woman’s life was cut so short.

“Waitress” is one of those rare films that will make you laugh and (almost) make you cry. It’s beautiful, funny and very true-to-life. See it.

Here’s the trailer.

One Response to “Order up some “Waitress””

  1. toddv June 20, 2007 at 3:30 pm #

    Sheena, cool trailer. Enjoyed the post.

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