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Foodie Film: WAITRESS Movie

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Pies have seen their fair share of screen-time. Who could forget the pie scene in The Help or, for that matter, in American Pie? But if you're hankering for a slice of quirky and adorable - WAITRESS, written and directed by Adrienne Shelly’s before her untimely death, weaves a tale of homespun Americana that's so visually caloric, you could gain 5 lbs with every viewing.

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In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. Only she soon discovers Earl (Jeremy Sisto), her asinine and emotionally abusive husband, has gotten her pregnant, thwarting her plans and dashing all hope, leaving Jenna to bake her dissatisfaction and emotions into her incredibly delicious pies at Joe’s Diner - “I Don’t Want Earl’s Baby Pie”. “I Hate My Husband Pie”, “Pregnant Miserable Self Pitying Loser Pie”. Cheryl Hines and director Shelley, play Jenna's best friends and co-waitresses at the diner. Fans of the show "Alice" might see them as versions of Vera and Flo. And the late, Andy Griffith plays a key role as the gruff diner regular.

More than the pies get heated when Jenna begins an affair with her married OB/GYN (Nathan Fillion). The movie is a pinch of sweetness, a teaspoon of sadness, a handful of zany, and a mixture of delight.

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took the time to write down the names of all of Jenna's pies and their ingredients:

#1: Blue Plate Special I DON’T WANT EARL’S BABY PIE or BAD BABY PIE – Quiche with egg and brie cheese with a smoked ham center (later referred to as BAD BABY QUICHE PIE by old Joe) Pie
#2: KICK IN THE PANTS PIE – Cinnamon spice custard (Today’s Special) Pie
#3: I HATE MY HUSBAND PIE - “You make it with bittersweet chocolate and don’t sweeten it. You make it into a pudding and drown it in caramel …” Pie
#4: SPAGHETTI PIE – has at home with husband Pie
#5: MARSHMELLOW MERMAID PIE – From when she was in her mermaid stage. Pie made for Dr. Mueller, and given later in the appointment to Dr. Pomatter. “Biblically good!” Pie
#7: BABY SCREAMING IT’S HEAD OFF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND RUINING MY LIFE PIE – New York-style cheesecake, brandy brushed and topped with pecans and nutmeg Pie #8: PEACHY KEEN TARTS – made for Dr. Pomatter Pie
#9: EARL MURDERS ME BECAUSE I’M HAVING AN AFFAIR PIE – “You smash blackberries and raspberries into a chocolate crust.” Pie
#10: I CAN’T HAVE NO AFFAIR BECAUSE IT’S WRONG AND I DON’T WANT EARL TO KILL ME PIE – “Vanilla custard with banana. Hold the banana …”
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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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