The movie could have easily turned into a ‘sleeping with an enemy’ or an ‘enough’ but steers away from all of that, instead giving us a light gentle drama. A feel good movie about struggles in the life and the special place you have to find peace and beauty. And it works largely because of Jenna’s attitude towards her pregnancy. While she doesn’t even considers abortion and does everything to keep the baby healthy, she nonetheless doesn’t feel anything about it. She just takes it to be another miserable turn in her miserable life. The letters she writes to her unborn child are hilarious. ‘Dear baby, when you ask me how I got you your crib, I’ll tell you that the money that was going to help me start my life went into the damn crib for my damn baby.’ The letters are extremely truthful and sarcastic and makes Amy real for us. She is no Mother Teresa but that doesn’t make her bad.
Keri Russell gives a great performance as Amy. She is beautiful, confused, funny and sad at the same time. All the other characters are apt too and help to bring this story to life. The dialogues are sharp and witty, keeping the tone of the movie light, given the really sad context. But the movie belongs to the director. Adrienne Shelly (who is now dead) creates this world which though full of sadness, comes to life when Jenna puts ingredients together in a bowl, making us forget about everything else. A person’s mind indeed is the most beautiful place on the planet.