All about the colour, letting your imagination run wild and the drama of human conflicts, 'Waitress' is a gentle story that takes a very light-hearted view of a usually heavy subject.

Jenna (Russell) works in a pie shop, baking tasty treats to escape the reality of her abusive marriage to Earl (Sisto). Her co-workers at Cal's (Temple) Pie Shop, Becky (Hines) and Dawn (Shelley) too have their worries, one having a disabled husband and the other unable to find herself a husband. But Jenna isn't content to accept her lot and is secretly hatching a plan to leave Earl, after she has stashed away enough money.

But getting pregnant wasn't part of the plan and everything changes when Jenna discovers that she's going to become a mother for the first time. With no maternal feelings, she panics, thinking that she will never be able to love her baby. But when Dr Pommater (Fillion) arrives in town Jenna begins to see her pregnancy in a new light, namely a reason to see him as much as possible, although they are both married.

'Waitress' has a very quirky and daydreamy feel to it. Characters are prone to hallucinations and flashbacks. They like to talk to themselves, sing out loud and behave ever-so-strangely and are all the more endearing for it. The comedy in this is great. It's all about the physical elements - the awkward shrugs, the knowing winks and the blatant but unwarranted enthusiasm. And to that end, the acting is great from all involved, particularly Keri Russell of 'Felicity' fame and the late Adrienne Shelley, who wrote and directed this novel movie. Andy Griffith also deserves special mention as hard-faced tycoon Old Joe, trying his best to keep his heart of gold hidden from public view.

If you want to just chill out and forget the world for a little while, and gain reassurance that even life's cruellest twists happen for a reason, then 'Waitress' will take you there. Much like Jenna's oddly-named pies, it is an unexpected treat.

Linda McGee