Waitress

Screenwriter: Adrienne Shelly

Distrib/release date: Fox Searchlight/May 2

Storyline: Spark-ling tale of a small-town gal whose unwanted pregnancy brings her to a crossroad in life.

About the script: “Adrienne really wanted to create this fairytale world that would transport you away,” producer Michael Roiff says, “and yet would resonate with people in terms of things everyone does really go through. Life isn’t really compartmentalized when we live it: We don’t get to be ‘happy’ for these few days and ‘sad’ for others. It all happens all at once. And this film has laughter and tragedy, hope and sadness, all wrapped up in the same moment.”

Biggest challenge: “It’s a delicate, tricky subject that Adrienne wanted to hit head-on without sugarcoating or glossing over: examining a character who really isn’t sure what she wants, or maybe is exactly sure what she wants, and this isn’t it.”

Breakthrough idea: “This seemingly normal waitress — nothing particularly different about her — is reacting to this pregnancy in a way most people wouldn’t, outwardly. That was the crux of it to Adrienne: to deal with something that doesn’t get spoken about much, which is that not everyone is always excited when they become pregnant.”

Choice line: “Dear baby: I hope someday somebody wants to hold you for 20 minutes straight. And that’s all they do. They don’t pull away, they don’t look at your face, they don’t try to kiss you. All they do is wrap you up in their arms and hold on tight without an ounce of selfishness to it.”

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