Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Waitress (Adrienne Shelley, 2007) C

Waitress isn't nearly as bad as its detractors claim, but it's also not the comedic masterpieces that its champions hail it as. The film is warm and funny at certain points and Keri Russell's performance is genuinely affecting. One of my main problems with Waitress is the fact that the screenplay can't decide if it wants to be a drama or a comedy or a quirky character study or what not. There's is such an uneven combination of the three genres that none of it really gels together. In the beginning, the Jeremy Sisto character doesn't seem that bad, just tiresome and annoying, but then he makes a complete 180 into abusive, wife-beating husband that we're shocked that Russell's friends let her go home to him every night. I could have used a little less "quirk" (especially from the Ogie character) but it was still an enjoyable time.

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