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Monday, September 8, 2008

Indie Pick O' The Day: Waitress

Make sure you watch this movie on a full stomach. Quite honestly, I was craving for pies after watching this cute film about an unhappily married small town waitress hoping to win a pie baking contest so she can leave her husband.

In a pecan pie with almonds-nutshell...that's what the movie is about. Jenna is played by actress Keri Russell (of Felicity fame) and she consults with her co-workers Dawn and Becky about her unwanted pregancy from her husband. My favorite line from the movie is: "Why did I get drunk? I do stupid things when I'm drunk ... like sleep with my husband!" Classic! Her lowlife scummy husband is played by Jeremy Sisto (tuurrrn away...tuurrrn awayyy--Clueless reference guyz).

Anywho...the movie is deliciously refereshing and delightful. Jenna's friend Dawn is played by Adrienne Shelly who also wrote and directed the film. Tragically, Shelly never saw this film's success. She was killed in her apartment after an attempted robbery gone bad. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.

The film's love story is not typical and neither is it's ending...which is why I enjoyed it so much. It didn't fall into those lackluster cliches we see in every Julia Roberts film. Waitress is definitely worth checking out if you're in the mood for an unconvential romance with a cup of sugar.

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