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Movie Review: Waitress

Waitress is a romantic comedy that tells the tale of a small town southern waitress who wants nothing more than to leave her husband and her unhappy marriage. This flick stars Keri Russell (Jenna), Jeremy Sisto (Earl) and Nathan Fillion (Dr. Pomatter). This film starts out building up the story line explaining how miserable Jenna is in her marriage to Earl. Keri plays the part well by bringing innocence to Jenna, who works hard for her money only to have it taken away by her ungrateful husband. Keri plays the character up by bringing lighthearted humor to Jenna who was leading a life that led nowhere. She brings this character up a notch from her famous TV character, Felicity. Jeremy Sisto who plays Earl, Jenna’s husband, brings yet another perfect performance as the controlling husband to Jenna. He has the gift of acting flexibility, which enables him to bring whatever is needed for a character and make it believable. He takes his character and makes the audience want to hate him for how he treats Jenna. Nathan Fillion is better known for some of his television acting. He’s been seen in popular shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, an episode of Lost and the short-lived series Drive. His versatile acting abilities show in this movie as Jenna’s doctor, with whom she has an affair. This movie starts out with Jenna finding out she’s pregnant by her husband, whom she has no feelings of love for. Her life is complicated enough by her unhappiness and her plans to save up money to leave her controlling husband and start a new life. The pregnancy only deepens her unhappiness, but she becomes even more determined than ever to leave, so she decides to enter a pie-baking contest to win the grand prize. If she won, she would earn enough money to leave her controlling husband far behind and start anew with their child. Along the way, Jenna meets the dashing Dr. Pomatter, who has been taking care of her during her pregnancy. They ultimately have an affair, which is even more complicated by the fact that even the good doctor is married. The majority of the movie centers around Jenna’s affair with the sweet and sensitive doctor and her preparation for the pie contest, where she plans to pull out all of the stops with her pie baking ability. If you’re looking for a refreshing twist to a romantic comedy, this movie will more than provide it for you. Keri Russell brings the all American girl sweetness to Jenna, which shows her vulnerability. The audience can’t help but get sucked into the story and start rooting for Jenna to rise up and conquer.


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