Taking Tips
Review by Ross Anthony

A quirky comedy with emotional impact. One of my favorite genres actually. Tight direction, strong dialogue, good acting. Imagine the Coen brothers directing Alice at Melís Diner. Itís a study of one womanís attempts to cope with a desperately unfulfilling life. Itís very human and at the same time simmered nicely with a straight-faced comedy.

Sheís got by this long by finding refuge in creating and making pies. But what fruit-filled pastry will be able to save her from an unwanted child with an unwanted husband? Quite involving, never dull and a climax that strikes with the drive of a well earned build. Itís really a very good film with only a few imperfections that either donít warrent mentioning, or Iíve forgotten. I liked it well enough, but for some reason it didnít blow me over. Hence the B+. But think of it as a very high B+

That said, my girlfriend, who loves to bake, gives the picture an A or A-. She quite enjoyed it. I donít know if her love of cooking biases her, thatís for you to decide. Either way, I donít think youíll be disappointed. Perhaps catch an early showing so youíll have time to stop for pie after the film.

-- Book Contest --

  • Waitress. Copyright © 2007.
  • Starring Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Shelly, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith, Lew Temple.
  • Written & directed by Adrienne Shelly.
  • Produced by Michael Roiff at Fox Searchlight/Night&Day.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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