Sunday, September 7, 2008
Happily, we can now watch Waitress on DVD. Adrienne Shelly wrote, directed and starred in this poignant film which won rave reviews at Sundance. With Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, and Andy Griffith, it is about a small town diner, its staff and, according to the film's official site, "one young woman's belief in the curative power of pastry." We follow the charming story of Jenna, an unhappily married, pregnant waitress, who was taught by her mother how to make pies. Each day she creates new recipes and gives the pies names that reflect her emotional state, "I Hate Earl's Baby" pie, "Bad Baby Crying All Night "pie. Hoping to enter and win the state pie-baking contest, she plots her escape from her marriage only to become involved with the local "prince" who offers to save her. Whether or not we choose to admit it, we have all been influenced by the Cinderella syndrome. It is everywhere, advertising, lyrics, etc. You know the story in its many disguises. Girl/woman gets “rescued” by prince, boyfriend. That is why we love Waitress. Jenna has a prince waiting in the wings, but her ultimate choice reflects her own courage.