''Waitress'' is a 2007 [[{{Dramedy}} dramedy]] about Jenna, an [[DomesticAbuse unhappily married]] waitress/pie-baking-genius from the deep south. When she discovers she got impregnated by her abusive and domineering husband, she decides to keep the unwanted baby against all reason, leading to a passionate affair with her new, married, gynaecologist. The film follows her small steps towards self-awareness, independence and happiness, while being accompanied by the staff and customers of the diner she works in and their own stories.

Directed by Adrienne Shelly, whose shockingly random murder overshadowed the mostly positive reviews of the film, it stars [[{{Felicity}} Keri Russell]] as Jenna, [[SixFeetUnder Jeremy Sisto]] as her husband Earl, NathanFillion as the gynaecologist Dr Pomatter, [[CurbYourEnthusiasm Cheryl Hines]] as her promiscuous friend Becky, and [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Griffith]] as Joe, the diner's owner.

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!!This movie contains examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Dr Pomatter, in ''spades''. Then again, he is played by NathanFillion.
** Ogie, as well. His spontaneous poems do grow on you after a while.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Subverted. [[spoiler: Jenna finally does gather the courage to ditch her husband after her daughter is born, but this is merely the last step of a long [[CharacterDevelopment emancipational process. Rather, she makes things better for the baby]].]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Becky and Cal.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Jenna escapes her abusive husband and opens a pie shop with her daughter, but ends things (albeit amicably) with Dr Pomatter. For fans of their relationship, it's a bit disappointing, though it is realistic.]]
* BrokenBird: Jenna.
* BuffySpeak: Lots, and it tends to be delivered by the adorable neurotic Dr Pomatter. But considering [[NathanFillion who plays him]], that's no stretch.
* CloudCuckooLander: Dawn, somewhat. Her husband is nearly a full-blown case.
* CoolOldGuy: Joe.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: On occasions the film's aesthetic is very similar to [[PushingDaisies another piemaker's story]]. The darkness of the touched topics, however, prevents the idyllic Southern setting from becoming a SugarBowl.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Earl is '''violently''' jealous.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jenna and Joe.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Childbirth finally defrosts Jenna.
* [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl: Disappointing to some, but Dr Pomatter ''is'' a married man and it's a much more realistic ending than if they got together.]]
* DomesticAbuse: Jenna's husband is a particularly nasty version because it's not physical, though he does finally hit her when she tries to leave for the pie-baking contest in another state. All the damage is done through emotional put-downs, due to his misogyny and general ignorance of anything regarding her feelings, thoughts or desires. The film does an excellent job portraying how difficult it is to extract oneself out of this sort of situation without being {{Anvilicious}}.
* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding]]: Jenna. And how!
* EmotionlessGirl: Jenna starts as this.
* FoodPorn: Jenna's pies will have you drooling through the entire film.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Joe's words about not being around for much longer. Poor guy.]]
* GreasySpoon: Joe's Pie Diner.
* HopelessSuitor: Ogie appears to be one at first. Dawn isn't the only one underestimating his determination to win her over.
* InsistentTerminology: Jenna refuses to call Dr Pomatter by his first name (Jim).
* ItsAllAboutMe: Earl claims to love Jenna but he treats her like his property, not as a loved one or even just as a person. He even makes her promise not to love the baby more than him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Joe. Cal may also count.
* KarmaHoudini: Sweet and loving man that he is, Dr Pomatter ''did'' cheat on his wife with no consequences other than eventually [[spoiler: losing Jenna, who spared him to repair his marriage without turmoil.]]
* LastNameBasis: Jenna won't call Dr Pomatter by his first name even though he uses hers.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The music that plays whenever Jenna invents a new pie.
* ManChild: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation One way to see Earl.]] Bordering on PsychopathicManChild territory.
* MommasBoy: Ogie states to be this.
* MySecretPregnancy: Jenna tries to hide her pregnancy from her husband. It actually works for a while because he's such a thick-headed moron, but he of course catches on after a while.
** Jenna waits to tell her boss at the right time. [[EverybodyKnewAlready Truth is, he knew.]] "Nobody told me. Nobody needs to tell me. I mean, look at you. What'd you think; I thought you went and got fat? Truth be told, as long as you can carry a tray and fill a pie tin, I don't care if you give birth while doing it".
* OddFriendship: Jenna develops one with Old Joe.
* PetTheDog: Rather deconstructed. Earl has a breakdown, cries about the possibility of losing Jenna and permits her to buy a crib for the baby. If anything, it does portray the abusive marriage even more realistically. Such PetTheDog moments in a husband like this are probably what makes leaving a cruel man harder.
* PrettyBoy: Dr Pomatter, [[LampshadeHanging as pointed out]] by Dawn.
* RunningGag: "I gotta go throw up."
* SecretRelationship: Jenna and Dr Pomatter. Cal and Becky, the ones who are [[BelligerentSexualTension constantly bickering!]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: Dawn could be very pretty.
* YourCheatingHeart: One of the main controversies surrounding the film was its portrayal of marital infidelity in a seemingly positive light. Of course, it's Deconstructed in the ending [[spoiler: when Jenna notices Mrs Pomatter's loving devotion to her husband.]]
** Cal and Becky also count. They're both married to someone else.
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