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 is 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.
      • It doesn't help when you realize that little girl playing Lulu is Adrienne's real life daughter.
    • Joe's death.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Unfortunate Implications: Ogie pretty much stalks Dawn to where she works, refuses to listen when she tells him to leave her alone and tells her he intends to "wear her down" until she agrees to go out with him, even after she's made it clear she's not interested. What's worse is they actually get married later and the only person who voices any objections to this is Jenna.
  • 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.