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Waitress
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11.13.2007 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Adrienne Shelly

Actors:
Keri Russell
Nathan Fillion
Cheryl Hines

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young woman finds herself trapped with a husband she hates, a low paying job, and in a town thatís too small for her. Things get complicated when she starts seeing a married doctor and then gets pregnant by the husband.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iím not sure what it is, but Iíve never liked any movie about a poor, pregnant woman. Granted, pregnant women give me the willies, but somehow their plight doesnít work well on the big screen. Itís not like there have been a lot over the years, but the ones that have been made havenít gotten it right. WAITRESS gets an ďEĒ for effort, but ultimately it falls short of being a good film.

There are two ways to watch this film. The first is not knowing anything about Adrienne Shelly and the second is knowing she was murdered in her Greenwich Village apartment in November of 2006. Iíll be honest and say that knowing about her tragic death changes the way you look at the film and it adds a depressing factor to the film that otherwise wouldnít have been there. She was a good actress and if WAITRESS is any example, she couldíve been a good director. Although I didnít enjoy the film, Adrienne showed a lot of potential and itís sad weíll never see it realized.

Iím a fan of Keri Russell, but itís really hard for a beautiful actress to play a poor, uneducated, pregnant woman. Natalie Portman is a great actress, but she couldnít pull it off in WHERE THE HEART IS. Keri Russell is also a pretty good actress, but I didnít buy it with her either. One of the problems is that they still had her in full make-up. It takes more to make a girl look poor and trashy than to mess up her hair. Iím also a big fan of Nathan Fillion. He did an alright job with what he had, but his character was grossly underused. In fact, we donít get any information on him until the last 15 minutes or so.

Overall, the film struggled at times and I wouldíve liked to see the pie angle handled differently. The pies were a big part of the film and I think it wouldíve been neat to have a pie story run concurrent with the lead characterís plight. I also wouldíve liked more information and story on Fillionís character. As it was, we didnít get any back-story on him until the last 15 minutes or so.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Keri Russell and Michael Roiff: I feared that Keri and Michael were going to be bummed throughout the film since both of them were close to Adrienne. However, they both managed to avoid the subject and instead focus on the film. Unfortunately, they still didnít give a very good commentary and I got the feeling neither of them wanted to be there. Keri seemed shy and didnít have much to say and Michael got too distracted watching the film.

This is how we made Pie (10:17): This is a normal fluff piece about the making of the film. It contains way too many cut scenes and doesnít offer much information.

Written and directed by Adrienne Shelly: A Memorial (6:50): This is as close as the filmmakers come to talking about what happened to Adrienne Shelly. This short featurette is all we get about her. Itís sweet, but I would have liked to see a lot more. Iím sure there was plenty of footage of her and I think she deserved a longer featurette.

Hi, Iím Keri Russell, Iíll be your Waitress (5:44): This was Keri Russell talking about her character and the evolution of her role. Itís decent, but it contains a lot of movie scenes and doesnít give us anything we didnít already know.

The Pies Have it (2:53): This is about three minutes of the filmmakers talking about pies. If you really loved the pie aspect of the film, you might enjoy this.

Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion and Cheryl Hines (10:18): The three main stars talk about their characters in the film. You can watch these separately if you prefer. They say what youíd expect them to say and donít delve too deep into their roles.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
WAITRESS was a good effort, but it didn't quite hit the mark. Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion give good performances, but it wasn't quite enough to make it a good film.
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