Reviewed on 2008 January 14
If movies were pie, this would be a meringue: fluffy and no real substance, but artificially sweet.
Jenna (Kerri Russell) is a waitress trapped in a marriage to a controlling lout (Jeremy Sisto). She wants to leave him and just pursue her dream of making amazing desserts like her Marshmallow Mermaid pie, but Earl controls all her money, won’t let her have a car, and watches her every move.
Worse, she finds out she’s pregnant.
Now Jenna feels stuck but good — the bit of money she’s been squirreling away won’t cover her and a child getting away, and Earl is such a controlling lout he won’t even her her enter a pie bake-off for some serious cash. She doesn’t know what to do, but she realizes that she does need to take care of this baby, even if she hasn’t told Earl yet. As if she doesn’t have enough to deal with, she thinks she’s falling for her doctor (Nathan Fillion).
The acting was good, even when it was over the top (initially Ogie was plain scary). That said, I had some problems with this movie; I spent much of it wondering why Jenna didn't give Earl the troll an enough-Nyquil®-to-knock-you-out-so-I-can-be-in-another-state-when-you-wake-up pie. There’s a scene where I was in disbelief that her friends let her just go home with him. That just lost every shred of realism. I know “it's just a movie” but don’t you think you deserve better? I do. And given Earl’s behavior, I thought the ending was unrealistic too.
Two chocolate morsels.