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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

You must watch Waitress

by Jennifer Squires Biller

It’s not often I tell you what to do, Tubers. But today, I’m making an exception.

You must, I repeat, MUST watch the new Keri Russell film Waitress. Run, don’t walk, to find a theater showing this delightful little independent film about a pie maker who questions her choices in life. It’s deliciously good and made me chuckle repeatedly through its duration.

Longtime Tube Talk readers know my love for Russell’s work dates back to her under appreciated Felicity days, one of my all-time favorite TV shows. (The fact that she never won an Emmy for Felicity is still one of Emmys biggest travesties.) But, honestly, I’m not biased.

On the big screen, Russell still has that uncanny ability to show vulnerability, humor and realism - seamlessly - making the audience feel her pain and step into her dismal life as a pie maker and waitress. A less talented actress may have had problems evoking a connection to audiences, since her character Jenna is a pregnant woman with no warm/fuzzy feelings to her unborn baby, but Russell doesn’t. She pulls at your heartstrings and makes you understand her impossible situation.

TV lovers will be pleasantly surprised to see several other familiar television faces in Waitress, including Andy Griffith, Nathan Fillion and Cheryl Hines. Griffith is a delight as the crotchety diner owner, Fillion is perfect as the nervous, dreamy doctor who falls for Jenna, and Hines evokes more than one laugh as Jenna’s sympathetic co-worker.

Don’t be surprised if you have a yearning for pie when you leave the theater, especially the “I hate my husband pie.” The description alone is enough to get the taste buds watering: “You take bittersweet chocolate and don’t sweeten it. You make it into a pudding and drown it in caramel..."

If you live in small town, USA, you may have a difficult time finding Waitress in a theater near you. I had to drive about 45 minutes to find a theater showing it, but trust me; it’s worth it. Waitress may be the sweetest little film you’ll see all year.


JOpinionated said...

I also really enjoyed this little film. Such a great cast and overall spirit. I too was a huge Felicity fan (on Team Noel from Day 1), and think that Keri Russell has the potential to have a very successful career on the big screen should she continue to choose roles like this one.

tube talk girl said...

Keri is such a talent. I can't wait for the rest of the world to discover her.

I was torn between Team Noel and Team Ben. But, I had to go with Ben, when it was all said and done.

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