YMMV / Waitress

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Using "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" over Jim and Jenna's hilarious sexcapades.
    • The recurring theme of "Ride of the Valkyries" whenever Jenna's about to deliver a verbal smackdown.
    • From the musical, "She Used To Be Mine" among others.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending/"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The very end becomes this with the knowledge of Adrienne Shelly's death, as explained below.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Joe's death at the end becomes this after the death of the beloved Andy Griffith.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The actress who plays Nathan Fillion's wife in the film shows up as his ex-wife on Castle.
  • Reality Subtext: Some shade of it. According to the commentary, Adrienne Shelley, did have 5-minutes dates.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Damn near every scene involving Jenna having to take crap from her low life husband.
    • From the Real Life background: The director, Adrienne Shelly, who also plays fellow waitress Dawn, was murdered by a teenaged construction worker in her house, shortly after the post-production was completed. Such a brilliant film from such a brilliant woman is dampened when one remembers what happened to her.
      • Doesn't help when you realize that little girl playing Lulu is Adrienne's real life daughter.
    • Joe's death.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • The Woobie: Jenna, so much.
    • Jim's face after Jenna tells him to leave the diner may cause one to try and hug their screen.