Love pie? Love diners? Or do you just have a deep and abiding appreciation for the polyester-uniformed ladies who pour your cuppa joe and slide your slice à la mode across the Formica counter? Now there’s a movie for you.
Waitress, written and directed by Adrienne Shelly (who also starred), does sound deeply chick-flicky—kind of straight Fried Green Tomatoes with a Dixie Chicks sass, focusing on the abounding possibilities of pie-baking contests and female bonding in lieu of dead-end work and bad boyfriends. The buzz that started at the Sundance Film Festival over the winter is already building for its May 2 release (it was also featured as the closing-night offering at the recent Philadelphia Film Festival).
According to an article in the New York Times, all the pies on the set were edible, even the more virulently pink and orange Southern-baroque ones. Said on-set pastry chef Laura Donnelly, who had to make up to 30 pies a day during the shoot, “I thought of those as Dr. Seuss pies and just went crazy with the vanilla pudding and the food coloring.” The names are at least as conceptual: There’s “I Don’t Want Earl’s Baby Pie,” “Falling in Love Pie,” and “Earl Murders Me Because I’m Having an Affair Pie.”
Sadly, Shelly herself was murdered just before the film was accepted at Sundance; her alleged killer, a young man who had been doing construction work in her apartment building, is awaiting trial.