As far as romantic comedies go, Waitress isnít really very funny or very romantic. Itís really more of a pleasant story about an unhappy woman on her way to finding happiness. Itís not the kind of film that will make you laugh much or make you swoon. But it will put a smile on your faceÖ and make you hungry for pie.
Waitress is a pleasurable distraction, very much like pie. There isnít a lot of substance and probably too much sugar, but itís yummy. Watching Keri Russell indulge in her handsome doctor is cute but not inspiring. Watching her cavort with her not-quite-quirky enough co-workers is also sweet but certainly doesnít evoke guffaws. But watching her come out her personal crisis is satisfying.
My favourite part of Waitress is Russellís scenes with Andy Griffith who is playing by far the most interesting and entertaining character in this little movie. Heís the (supposedly) crotchety old restaurant owner but he never comes across as anything but sweet. Heís the key to the transformation and in that way plays the most important role in the film.
If you are looking for a sweet little diversion, Waitress is worth a tasteÖ but in an hour you may be hungry again.