Fox Searchlight Pictures, Night & Day Pictures, USA, 2007.
Jenna Hunterson (Keri Russell) is unhappily married waitress who is pregnant. She wants to win pie baking contest and escape his terrible life. No-good husband Earl (Jeremy Sisto) would rather keep her between the fist and the stove. Pie Diner boss Cal (Lew Temple) is rude but Jenna's best friends are her workmates cheery Becky (Cheryl Hines) and shy Dawn (Adrienne Shelly). Meeting nice gynecologist Dr. Jim Pomatter (Nathan Fillion) stirs Jenna's feelings but he is married. Still Jenna starts an affair with the Doctor.
|Dawn and Becky|
To escape reality Jenna invents new pies with their names that relate to her life and problems. There are for example "I Don't Want Earl's Baby Pie", "I Can't Have No Affair Because It's Wrong & I Don't Want Earl to Kill Me Pie" but also "Falling in Love Chocolate Mousse Pie." Jenna develops a friendship with eccentric and grumpy owner of the pie diner Joe (Andy Griffith).
|Dr. Jim Pomatter|
Jenna fears that she can not love the baby. Earl finding out about the pregnancy does not make the situation any easier as jealous Earl makes Jenna promise that she will not love the baby more than him. Jenna feels stuck in her life but her friends try help her make the right choices.
This is romantic drama comedy with quirky humour but more in indie-style than Hollywood-style. That means that the end is not regular romantic comedy "they lived happily ever after"- end but more like "emancipation of Jenna" as she must find her own way without hurting other people. Keri Russell carries the film well as sweet waitress and also the other small-town characters are interesting and meaningful. However the middle part of the story seems to grind to a halt for focusing too long on the on/off relationship of Jenna and Dr. Jim and the pie-baking theme gets downplayed. It is not perfect but charming indie film.
Sadly director Adrienne Shelly was murdered before the film premiered.
Let's make this part of The 2016 Movie Watching Challenge (#1. Movie about food)
Starring: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith, Adrienne Shelly, Eddie Jemison, Lew Temple, Darby Stanchfield , Heidi Sulzman, Lauri Johnson, Sarah Hunley, Cindy Drummond, Nathan Dean, Caroline Fogarty, Christy Taylor, Jennifer Walsh, Hunter A. King, Mackenzie King, Donna Leslie, Nora Paradiso, Danny Allen, Andy Ostroy, Hailey Parker, Rylee Stefanelli, Bella Stromel, Kira Grace, Elaine Levine, Doreen Powell, Sophie Ostroy, Eleya Avery-Ault, Evan King, Jesse Schneider, Zoe Schneider, Henry Arthur Smith, Athena Stamos
Director: Adrienne Shelly