A terrific last film

Most of the media coverage for Waitress (opening 5/2) will focus on the tragic backstory of its writer, director, and co-star, Adrienne Shelly, who was murdered in her Greenwich Village office just weeks before her movie was accepted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. But put that aside: The film is an accomplished, touching story of quirky characters, true love, and scrumptious-looking desserts.

In a performance that will make you forget all about Felicity, Keri Russell stars as Jenna, a waitress who finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, pregnant, and having an affair with her town’s handsome new obstetrician. She bakes pies, each depicted in glorious, widescreen sumptuousness, to relieve her frustration. It’s a film played mainly for laughs and has a terrifically eclectic supporting cast, including Cheryl Hines from Curb Your Enthusiasm and — how meta and sweet — Andy Griffith.

VIEW the trailer for Waitress

VIEW the ingredients for the pies featured in Waitress

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A terrific last film