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Waitress: The Musical

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Heartwarming musical promotes courage; some mature content.

Movie NR 2023 144 minutes
Waitress: The Musical Movie Poster: Charity Dawson, Sara Bareilles, and Cailtin Houlahan stand together as they blow flour off of Bareilles' fingers

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Despite it the fact that it deals with mature issues like domestic violence and existentialism, for the most part, this is a well-crafted, heartfelt, funny musical. It's the one that Bareilles cut her Broadway teeth on, and she shows just how much her character and the story means to her as she embodies Jenna from the inside out. Dawson and Houlahan are great counterparts as Becky and Dawn, and, overall, Waitress: The Musical makes you feel warm inside from seeing a woman rise above her less-than-ideal conditions. The end does feel a bit rushed (in order to cram in a happy conclusion), but ultimately, Waitress: The Musical proves why it has become so beloved among Broadway fans.

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