Monday, December 22, 2008


Keri Russell, Adrienne Shelly,Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines, Andy Griffith

"If only life were as easy as pie"

Star Movies

A delightful little movie with the right dose of quirky yet endearing characters, witty lines and life altering moments. It recounts the story of a waitress named Jenna (Keri Russell) who works in a little diner which serves delicious pies which she bakes daily. She also comes up with funny names for her pies like "I hate my husband pie", "Pregnant miserable self pitying loser pie". However poor Jenna is stuck in a miserable marriage to an awful guy, Earl (Jeremy Sisto) and she is pregnant with his baby.

The film is a cutesy take on her life. How she deals with the diners customers, her selfish husband and an unwanted baby on the way. Despite her miserable life, Jenna herself exudes so much positive vibes which she conveys through straightforward dialogue. She writes letters from her heart to her unborn child, expressing in colorful terms how she truly feels about everything. She also has a good support system through her friends, Dawn (Adrienne Shelly) and Becky (Cheryl Hines) her co workers at the diner. As well as from Joe (Andy Griffith), the owner of the diner who dispenses unsolicited yet very helpful pieces of advice to Jenna.

The cast all had warm personalities and they blended together well. The dialogue was witty and crisply delivered. The plot though sometimes a bit disconnected flowed effortlessly. The setting had a homey cozy ambiance to it.

A heartwarming movie that makes us aware of just how precious life is. That we shouldn't waste it, being unhappy. That despite being stuck in a hopeless situation there is still a silver lining at the end of the rainbow. That a dead ended life is made more 'bearable' with good friends who mean well and truly hope the best for you.

It should be mentioned that Adrienne Shelly who wrote, directed and starred as Dawn (one of Jenna's friends) was murdered shortly before the film was released to a wider audience. A really tragic event but nevertheless we will always remember her through this authentically poignant film.

2 popcorn buckets:

the donG said...

very interesting and the line "If only life were as easy as a pie" in the philippines it would have been "if only life were as easy as halo halo".

D@phn3 L@ur@ said...

That's a good line "if only life were as easy as halo halo" hehehe

Thanks for dropping by, the donG :)


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