The storyline is this: Waitress Jenna (Russell) is in an abusive marriage with Earl (Jeremy Sisto). She wants to get away from him and dreams of winning a pie-baking contest as the means to getting the money to allow her to escape. Then she discovers she's pregnant, and feels that she'll never be able to get away from Earl now. Into her life walks her new doctor, Dr. Jim Pomatter (Fillion), who not only is handsome and kind, but treats her gently and with respect. He's also unfortunately married, as there's some nice chemistry between the two.
The movie is well-written and handsomely shot; and there are so many gorgeous shots of pie-making that you'll walk out of the theatre with the urge to go home and make your own. If I had to compare it to a pie, I'd compare it to a spicy apple pie - wholesome, satisfying, comforting.
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Very good reviews for Waitress in the LA Times, New York Times, and USA Today.
The LA Times noted that in honor of the late Adrienne Shelly (who was murdered in NYC last fall), "As a special Mother's Day promotion, Fox Searchlight Pictures will hand out gift bags to everyone who attends a showing of its romantic comedy Waitress at one of 100 movie theaters nationwide Sunday, May 13. The bags will include beauty products, a magazine, a frozen pie and other goods from participating sponsors, the company said." For more info, visit moviewithmom.com.