May 25th, 2007



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Still of Keri Russell, Cheryl Hines and Lew Temple in WaitressStill of Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion in WaitressKeri Russell at event of WaitressStill of Keri Russell, Cheryl Hines and Adrienne Shelly in WaitressStill of Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion in WaitressStill of Keri Russell and Andy Griffith in Waitress

Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.1/10 (24,479 voted)

Critic's Score: 75/100

Director: Adrienne Shelly

Stars: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto

Jenna is unhappily married, squirreling away money, and hoping to win a pie-baking contest so, with the prize money, she'll have enough cash to leave her husband Earl. She finds herself pregnant, which throws her plans awry. She bakes phenomenal pies at Joe's diner, listens to old Joe's wisdom, tolerates her sour boss Cal, is friends with Dawn and Becky (her fellow waitresses), and finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town. As the pregnancy advances, life with Earl seems less tolerable, a way out less clear, and the affair with the doctor complicated by his marriage. What options does a waitress have?

Keri Russell - Jenna Hunterson
Nathan Fillion - Dr. Jim Pomatter
Cheryl Hines - Becky
Jeremy Sisto - Earl Hunterson
Andy Griffith - Old Joe
Adrienne Shelly - Dawn
Eddie Jemison - Ogie
Lew Temple - Cal
Darby Stanchfield - Francine Pomatter
Heidi Sulzman - Exhausted Mother
Lauri Johnson - Nurse Norma
Sarah Hunley - Dr. Lily Mueller
Cindy Drummond - Hospital Nurse
Nathan Dean - Minister
Caroline Fogarty - Doctor's Assistant

Taglines: The Year's Most Delicious Romantic Comedy


Official Website: Fox Searchlight [United States] | Official site |

Release Date: 25 May 2007

Filming Locations: The Halfway House Cafe, Saugus, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $92,034 (USA) (6 May 2007) (4 Screens)

Gross: $19,067,631 (USA) (21 October 2007)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Had a 20-day shoot.

Anachronisms: Assuming this movie takes place in the present, the nurse's uniform in the delivery room is a least twenty years out of date. RN's are no longer required to wear all white nor to wear their nursing school cap. Even the most die-hard ones gave up the white and caps by the mid 80's.

Jenna: Dear Baby, I hope someday somebody wants to hold you for 20 minutes straight and that's all they do. They don't pull away. They don't look at your face. They don't try to kiss you. All they do is wrap you up in their arms and hold on tight, without an ounce of selfishness to it.

User Review

Funny and touching


Waitress is a great, funny movie starring Keri Russell as a small-town waitress who discovers that she's pregnant just as she's planning to leave her jealous, controlling husband. The typical Hollywood approach for a movie like this would be to film it in ultra-serious "movie of the week" mode, but writer/director/actor Adrienne Shelly chose to tell her story in an extremely stylized, almost fairy-tale style. The stylized dialogue, super-sharp photography and primary-color palette even reminded me of the movies of Joel & Ethan Coen at times, but in the end, this movie packs an emotional punch that the Coen brothers have rarely achieved. It also features a brilliant (and brilliantly human) performance by Andy Griffith as the horny old geezer who owns the diner where Russell works.

This movie has a good chance at achieving a Little Miss Sunshine-style breakout this year. It's funny, quirky and honestly touching. Waitress stands as a fine legacy for Adrienne Shelly, but if things had been different, it could have been the movie that launched her into the mainstream instead of her swan song.


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