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Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 205702446
UPC 024543460282
UPC 14 00024543460282
Format DVD
Release Date 1/7/2014
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Russell,Keri
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Cast & Crew
Adrienne Shelly - Director
Adrienne Shelly - Writer
Andrew Hollander - Original Music By
Annette Davey - Editor
Cheryl Hines - Actor
Danielle Renfrew - Executive Producer
Jason E. Baldwin - Art Director
Jeremy Sisto - Actor
Keri Russell - Actor
Matthew Irving - Cinematographer
Michael Roiff - Producer
Nathan Fillion - Actor
Ramsey Avery - Production Designer
Samantha Seigelman - Art Director
Independent Spirit (2008) Adrienne Shelly, Nominee, Best Screenplay
Review It's impossible to watch the sweet comedy Waitress without being haunted by the fact that its writer, director, and co-star Adrienne Shelly was tragically murdered last fall, just three months before the film premiered at Sundance. It's also clear to see the love and care Shelly put into the movie, which is very much a writer/director's piece, despite a wonderful lead performance by the luminous Keri Russell. Shelly brings a vivid, fairy tale quality to this quirky portrait of Jenna (Russell), a small town waitress and pie-maker extraordinaire who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant after a drunken--and rare--tryst with her controlling jerk of a husband, Earl (Jeremy Sisto)...Waitress runs on a bit, but with its strong acting, poignant moments, and fair share of laughs, it has the potential to become a modest hit. How sad that Adrienne Shelly can't be here to see it.
Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Waitress is a pleasant dramatic comedy that overcomes its tonal inconsistencies by presenting an engaging lead character with whom its virtually impossible not to empathize. The film makes its share of missteps, occasionally feeling a lot like a sit-com and sometimes calling attention to quirky filmmaking devices that don't work (such as a character's face being frozen for an inordinate amount of time in a single expression). In the end, however, Adrienne Shelly's movie has enough of a heart that it's easy to forgive, if not entirely overlook, such issues...The greatest single strength of Waitress is actress Keri Russell, who transforms this character into a woman of immense appeal. Russell is wonderful in the role and it's in large part due to her likeability that the movie doesn't begin to feel stale and overfamiliar. There's a freshness to the way Jenna is written and acted that causes us to like her more every minute she's on screen. She charms us in much the same way that she charms crotchety Old Joe, played by Andy Griffith...Waitress reminded me in a general sense of Jennifer Aniston's The Good Girl, although this movie boasts more froth. Both movies are about women trapped in bad marriages and going through the motions of a boring, routine existence. For Jenna, the way out comes through her affair with Dr. Pomatter. He may not be the love of her life, but her clandestine meetings with him open up the possibilities available to her. This theme of empowerment will probably find resonance with many audience members and it's one reason why Shelly's movie deserves more consideration that something this light and seemingly inconsequential might otherwise receive.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review It's hard to look at Waitress, the final film of actress-turned-writer/director Adrienne Shelly, straight on. It aims, and sometimes strains, to be a brightly colored, life-affirming comedy, the kind in which friendship and determination can overcome adversity and hurtle over any obstacles. But the film's tragic backstory--Shelly was murdered in a random act of violence after Waitress' completion--keeps throwing off the tone. That's not the film's fault, of course, and if Waitress had fewer problems of its own, it might be easier to overlook the specter in the margins. Though contrived and artificial in ways that don't always work, the film is also heartfelt and made with genuine affection for its characters, qualities in too short a supply to dismiss...Apart from a few scenes, Shelly's film is unapologetically stagy, putting the emphasis on dialogue and characters, and sometimes both let the film down. Sisto in particular seems to be playing a character who's more ape than man, and it would be tempting to compare the setting and ditzy sidekick/tough-talking blonde/soulful lead dynamic unfavorably to Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore if it aspired that high. With its snappy dialogue and broad characters, it's closer in spirit to that film's sitcom spin-off, Alice. Still, there's much to offset the shortcomings, particularly nice performances from Russell and Fillion and a rare, welcome role from Andy Griffith as the diner's gruff owner, even if he's largely there to set up a finale that cheats much of what's come before. It's an imperfect film, but it's the kind of imperfect film of which it would be nice to have seen Shelly make more.
Reviewer Keith Phipps
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Russell,Keri
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Claudia Puig, USA Today Serves up an irresistible helping of delicious fun with writing that is tart and sharp and a story infused with sweetness.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun inspired comedy-drama about artistic temperament.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle There are perfect moments that stand out, and the reasons for their perfection are interesting.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly A wee romantic charmer, a delectable Dixie screwball romp that never loses its spry sense of discovery.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone This sweetheart of a comedy boasts a hilarious and heartfelt performance by Keri Russell.
A.O. Scott, The New York Times A movie that leaves you feeling good.
Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle ...its breezy tone and ultimately affirming message should please comedy fans with an appreciation for the offbeat.
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