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[[caption-width-right:350:If only life were easy as pie...]]

''Waitress'' is a 2007 [[{{Dramedy}} dramedy]] about Jenna, an [[DomesticAbuse unhappily married]] waitress/pie-baking-genius from the deep south. When she discovers she is pregnant by her abusive and domineering husband, she decides to keep the unwanted baby against all reason, leading to a passionate affair with her new (and very much married) gynecologist. 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 Creator/KeriRussell as Jenna, [[Series/SixFeetUnder Jeremy Sisto]] as her husband Earl, Creator/NathanFillion as the gynecologist Dr. Pomatter, [[Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm Cheryl Hines]] as her promiscuous friend Becky, and [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Griffith]] as Joe, the diner's owner.

Not to be confused with the 1981 Creator/{{Troma}} [[InsistentTerminology "sexy comedy"]] ''Waitress!''.

As of April 24, 2016 there is now a [[Theatre/{{Waitress}} musical version]] on Broadway with music by Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson, starring Jessie Mueller as Jenna Hunterson.
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!!This movie contains examples of:
* AmbiguousDisorder: Dawn seems to have some severe social anxiety, as explained in "When He Sees Me", and shows some characteristics of having Aspergers Syndrome
* {{Adorkable}}: Dr. Pomatter, in ''spades''. Then again, he is played by Creator/NathanFillion.
** Ogie, as well. His spontaneous poems do grow on you after a while.
** Dawn is this as well, especially in the musical.
* AppealToWorseProblems: Becky and Dawn acknowledge that while Jenna has great skin and breasts with a knack for making pies, as lonely (Dawn) or mundane and worrisome (Becky) their lives may get, they don't envy Jenna at all due to her asshole husband.
* 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 emancipation process. Rather, she makes things better for the baby]].]]
* BeautifulAllAlong: Dawn states that she's "almost pretty" when Jenna does her makeup. But Jenna and Becky are having none of it and tell her she's always been pretty.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Becky and Cal.
-->'''Becky:''' Okay, so fire me!\\
'''Cal:''' Okay, I will!\\
'''Becky:''' Okay, then do!\\
''[[HeldGaze (intense eye contact)]]''
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: An in-universe example where Jenna is smiling happily while carrying trays to customers. Both Cal and Becky look extremely confused when this happens.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Ogie and Dawn are this in the musical, as both enjoy Revolutionary War reenactments.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Jenna escapes her abusive husband and opens a pie shop with her daughter, but Joe dies and Jenna 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 [[Creator/NathanFillion who plays him]], that's no stretch.
* CloudCuckooLander: Dawn, somewhat. Her husband is nearly a full-blown case.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Becky is this in regards to Dawn in the musical.
* CoolOldGuy: Joe.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: On occasions the film's aesthetic is very similar to [[Series/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.
* TheCutie: Dawn. Especially in the musical.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jenna and Joe.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Childbirth finally defrosts Jenna.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: 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}}.
* 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.]]
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: It's {{Lampshaded}} where Jenna actually states to Becky that "having an affair is wrong because everyone involved will get hurt", while she continues to have her affair.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: On Broadway, despite openly admitting that she isn't happy about the pregnancy, Jenna says, "I'm not going to do. . .that", when Dr. Pomatter naturally assumes that this means that she wants to terminate it.
* HateSink: Earl has ''zero'' redeeming qualities.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: In the musical (most productions Jenna is a blonde), Dawn states that Jenna is "the queen of kindness and goodness".
* HopelessSuitor: Ogie appears to be one at first. Dawn isn't the only one underestimating his determination to win her over.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Cal's wife Ethel may or may not be gay; the fact they haven't slept together in fifteen years is why [[spoiler: he's having an affair with Becky.]] PlayedForLaughs.
-->'''Becky:''' "What kind of man leaves his wife just because she's gay?"
* 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. (In the musical, he reminds her of this promise ''immediately after'' she finishes giving birth.)
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Joe.
** Cal also counts. He tells Jenna that he's "not such a bad guy after all" when she officially tells him she's pregnant. He also tries to intervene when Earl was getting physical at [[spoiler: Dawn and Ogie's wedding.]]
* JobTitle
* 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.
* 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.
* OneWordTitle: As a single work JobTitle.
* 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, because after all, look, he can be good ''sometimes'', so maybe he can be good ''all'' the time, if only you just keep trying. They're the "honeymoon phase" in the cycle of abuse.
* PrettyBoy: Dr. Pomatter, [[LampshadeHanging as pointed out]] by Dawn.
* PsychopathicManChild: Earl, who's a pathetic whiner ''at best''.
* RunningGag: "I gotta go throw up."
* SecretRelationship: Jenna and Dr. Pomatter. Cal and Becky, the ones who are [[BelligerentSexualTension constantly bickering!]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: Dawn can be very pretty.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Becky and Cal go back and forth with one another with almost every conversation they have. Especially in the musical.
* SympatheticAdulterer: Jenna, who has an abusive husband. Becky, whose husband is barely there (physically ''and'' mentally speaking), also counts. [[spoiler:Likely averted with Dr. Pomatter, whose wife is slightly obnoxious at worst in the short time she's seen, although it's implied he's unhappily married.]]
* ThousandYardStare: Jenna. Sometimes, it's PlayedForLaughs, but it's just as often used to show how much of a BrokenBird Jenna is.
* 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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