Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

Waitress (2007) [2008-11-28]

Friday night, Laurel wanted to watch a movie, so we went to Blockbuster.  (Sidebar: Amy!  I saw multiple copies of Zombie Strippers on a display rack!)  We considered Sleepy Hollow, but she wanted something light, so we got Waitress.  I hadn't seen it, and I ended up liking it less than I had hoped.  (Looking back through the LJ entries I Memoried back when the movie came out, I am reminded that arguably I should see Knocked Up.  I did see Juno, though I don't think I ever did a writeup on it.  Also: one of the promos at the beginning of the Waitress DVD was for Once, so while watching Waitress I was thinking about the conversations I had around Once about movies/tv being -- or not being -- "realistic," "how life is," etc.) 

(Unrelated to my criticisms: Was her husband named Earl as a nod to the Dixie Chicks song?)

I think it started to go downhill when Jenna attacks Dr. Pomatter.  Yes he's all nervous and adorable, but we hadn't even been getting any, "I crave physical/emotional intimacy" from her (not that it's not legitimate that she would feel that, just that I didn't get any vibe to that effect), nevermind an indicator of why she would fall for this guy she barely knows and who's married.  A maybe even bigger problem for me was that I kept wanting some sort of an explanation as to why he was cheating on his wife.

She tells Dawn that she shouldn't be with someone just because no one else wants her and Dawn retorts: Why not?  That's what you do.  --  Which is somewhat ironic because Jenna's already having a full-blown affair with the doctor at this point.

The whole Dawn/Okie plotline is somewhat squicky.  Okie is in some sense really sweet, but his self-professed "I will never give up, will just continue until I wear down your resistance" is so unhealthy -- and it's ambiguous how happy Dawn actually is, so I was unclear on what the takehome message was even supposed to be.

The movie does have some great lines, though one can debate how well they worked in the context of the movie.
"I was addicted to saying things and having them matter to someone."
"I don't want you to save me. I don't need to be saved."

Lorraine wrote:
My quibble: I thought Keri Russell's character's ambivalence (even hostility) toward her pregnancy was refreshing and very much a plausible emotional state given her character's situation. When she holds her baby for two seconds and all that ambivalence disappears? Lame, Lame Lame. The more interesting choice would have been to have that ambivalence continue. If I'd been making the movie this is the way it would have gone down: The nurse would have asked her if she wanted to hold the baby. She'd have said no, or yes but not looked overjoyed and then everything else would have played out the same way it did, just without the wacky, "My baby fixes everything." I'd have left the final scene the same, so that you can see in the intervening time between the baby's birth and that scene that she has come to love her baby. That makes more sense to me.

victoria p. said, "I kept thinking about writing a crossover where Dean and Sam show up and Jenna makes them We Killed Our Demons Pie, and then she and Dean get it on."
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