By robbiefreeling | REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog December 3, 2009 at 6:10AM
The enormous groundswell of sympathy and support surrounding the release of Adrienne Shelly’s Waitress blinded most viewers to its clear deficiencies. It might be unfair to conjecture what the critical reception for the good-natured if contrived and shabbily visualized romantic comedy might have been if actress-turned-director Shelly hadn’t been horrifically murdered before its release, but it’s safe to assume the processed-cheesy Keri Russell vehicle wouldn’t have been the subject of quite as many think pieces. Interest in Shelly’s auteurist potential will inevitably end with the release of Serious Moonlight, based on a script of Shelly’s which her friend and Waitress costar Cheryl Hines has selected as her directorial debut. Again, some good will might temper responses, but the film clearly fails to cohere on any level. Click here to read the rest of Michael Koresky's review of Serious Moonlight.