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Movie Review: Waitress

Alternate Title: Pie a la Sap

Story: Did you ever send back an entree because you were dissatisfied with the taste? Consider me a dissatisfied customer with this wholly predictable, run of the mill story of the adorable heroine who is in an awful, abusive marriage, discovers she is pregnant and does not know what to do. Puh-leeze!

It has a script that has been seen time and time again, with characters that are one dimensional and an ending that could be seen from the get-go. So what's the attraction? The back story is tragic. Real life director, writer and co-star Adrienne Shelly was murdered last year. TV's Law & Order even had a 'ripped from the headlines' episode based on this tragedy.

Despite the sad back story, I was disappointed in this film and only enjoyed the scenes that were about the pies that the lead character baked. Those scenes were sumptuous and hinted of a deeper talent than we actually see on screen.

Acting: Keri Russell as Jenna, the woe-be-gone young lady was thin in the acting department. Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Shelly, Andy Griffith, Eddie Jemison, Lew Temple and Darby Stanchfield round out an unremarkable cast of characters.

Predilection: I made hundreds of pies for about six months in one of the more unremarkable stages of my life.

Critters: 0

Food: Pies glorious pies.

Soundtrack: Predictable.

Opening Titles: A sumptuous pie making scene. It gave me hope that was quickly dashed,

Theater Audience: Each person could have had one slice of a pie.

Weather: The weather was sunny and pleasant in this indistinguishable Southern town.

Sappy Factor: 4

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: Women staying in abusive relationships in this day and age is very squirmy to watch.

Drift Factor: I looked at my watch many times.

Predictability Level: Way over the top.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Soap Box: I get very angry when abortion is never mentioned and is not considered as an option in film.

Big Screen or Rental: Neither.

Length: Thankfully under two hours.