Director: Adrienne Shelly
Writer: Adrienne Shelly
Starring: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Shelly, Andy Griffith
Released: October 25, 2007
Rating: (M)
Runtime: 108 minutes
Story: An audience hit at the Sundance Film Festival, "Waitress" serves up a sweet, sassy and delicious slice of life tale -- as it reveals the power of friendship, motherhood and the willingness to take a chance. It's the story of a small town woman who transforms her hopeless life into a hilarious and unexpected love story. This vibrantly different romantic comedy is the final film from writer/director Adrienne Shelly. Starring in the title role, Keri Russell (Felicity) leads a dynamic cast as a diner waitress stuck in a lousy marriage whose only solace is baking out-of-this-world pies. When the awkwardly charming new OB-GYN, Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion), comes to town, she's inspired to mix-master her life into something far more satisfying.

As a favorite waitress at Joe's Diner, Jenna (Russell) is also a "pie genius," naming her tantalizing confections after the tumultuous events and emotions of her daily life. She's hoping that one of her pastries, like her "Kick In The Pants" Pie, might even change her life - if she can just win that $25,000 pie contest. But when Jenna discovers that she's pregnant, she immediately bakes an "I Don't Want Earl's Baby" Pie - a quiche of egg and cheese with a smoked ham center. After all, her husband Earl (Jeremy Sisto) is a jealous jerk who is essentially a child himself and the last thing they need to do is start a family together. But the pregnancy eventually changes the course of events in her life, giving her an unexpected and newfound confidence via letters to her unborn baby. "Waitress" also stars Emmy nominee Cheryl Hines and the late Adrienne Shelly as Jenna's quick-tongued fellow waitresses along with classic television star Andy Griffith as the curmudgeonly Old Joe of Joe's Diner.

Adrienne Shelly's sunny final film is also her most artistically successful and intrinsically marketable directorial effort. An old-fashioned fairy tale that honors the transformative power of female friendship and motherhood.
Keri Russell Jenna
Nathan Fillion Dr. Pomatter
Cheryl Hines Becky
Jeremy Sisto Earl
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