Jenna is a small-town waitress at Joe’s Diner, who has a great knack at making delicious pies there. However, Jenna is in an unhappy marriage to her controlling and immature husband, Earl, who always takes the money she works hard for, but Jenna keeps some of it hidden from him. Jenna suddenly finds her life has taken an unexpected turn when she discovers she’s pregnant with Earl’s baby. But the unhappy pregnancy changes Jenna’s life as she becomes determined to win the $25,000 pie contest prize money and begins an affair with her handsome, married gynecologist that gives her confidence and an attempt at happiness. —IMDb
An actress known for her petite stature and fiery, thoughtful performances, Adrienne Shelly first earned plaudits for her work with director Hal Hartley in The Unbelievable Truth (1990) and Trust (1991). Although her subsequent acting career during the ’90s went largely undistinguished, Shelly began to make a name for herself as a writer and director, making her feature screenwriting and directorial debut with Sudden Manhattan in 1996.
Born in Queens, NY, in July 1966, Shelly, who is of Russian heritage, was raised on Long Island. Her upbringing was influenced by a love of baseball and the death of her father when she was 12 (his first name, Shelly, became his daughter’s professional surname). She began acting at performing arts camp when she was ten years old and got her first professional job in a summer stock production of Annie while still in high school. After studying at Boston University, she entered the world of independent filmmaking.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Adrienne Shelly
Writer: Adrienne Shelly
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