Theatrical Release: May 2, 2007


Jenna (Keri Russell) is a waitress working at a pie shop in the Deep South who is unhappily married to an abusive husband (Jeremy Sisto)… and pregnant with his baby. It leads her to the town’s charming new doctor (Nathan Fillion), who she falls into a relationship with in a last attempt at happiness.

Dove Review

“Waitress” is funny in spots. An example of this is when Jenna’s (Keri Russell) doctor instructs her to abstain from certain foods and drinks during her pregnancy, including coffee. Later on he asks her to go out for some coffee, and she raises her voice and says, “You told me not to have any coffee!” The film manages to hit on some real-life serious issues, such as an abusive husband. Jenna is miserable in her marriage but she is afraid to split from the abusive spouse. Instead, she lands in an affair and becomes confused as things become more complicated.

She makes a fateful decision in the end and, to her credit, she discontinues the affair. However, there is excessive language in the film and that, along with a character who has no regrets about the indiscretion in his marriage, prevents us from awarding this one our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Sex: An adulterous affair; sexual innuendos; a man's groans during sex with his wife.
Language: F-1; D-11; H-8; A-4; B-2; S-1; OMG-3; Sexual Slang-5; B*tt-1; Sl*t-1; Slang for Sexual Desire-1
Violence: An abusive husband who hits his wife a few times; he is verbally abusive; character throws things around in a diner.
Drugs: Smoking; alcohol.
Nudity: Cleavage; short skirt on woman; the thighs seen of male and female characters as they have a sexual affair.
Other: Reference about an "elf"' in describing a short person; a character calls his pregnant wife "fat." A pregnant woman is angry at first about pregnancy and calls the baby a "da*n" baby a few times.


Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Adrienne Shelly
Producer: Michael Roiff
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 107 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter