QUICK HIT: Waitress (Shelly, 2007)
Jenna (Keri Russell) is a waitress and pie maker. (*) Whenever Jenna becomes stressed or otherwise consumed with emotion she closes her eyes and thinks of new pie recipes. Adrienne Shelly is the writer/director of Waitress. Whenever Shelly concocted the script I imagine she followed this recipe:
4 parts annoying stereotypes
3 parts cliché
2 parts cutesy ideas
1 part typical ending
Mix until slightly congealed. Place the mixture into a preheated oven at 500 degrees. The high temperature will ensure that the outside cooks much faster than the inside, leaving a burnt exterior containing a sloppy interior.
Slice and put on decorative plate. Have Keri Russell serve. She’s attractive enough that maybe the customers will ignore the crap they’re about to eat.
* Has anyone ever been to a restaurant where the waitress is also the head pastry chef? I didn’t think so. So how is it that Jenna is both a waitress — and there are only three — and a chef? Does she work 14 hours a day, 6 baking pies and 8 serving them? (Answer: no) Moreover, the restaurant in Waitress is a pie place. Its main draw are these pies Jenna makes. So Jenna is both head waitress and head chef. This makes no sense.