Table 19 Review

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Don’t RSVP for this one

What words could be used to describe Table 19? Funny? Inspirational? Uplifting? Emotional? I would probably say none of these words should be used.  Sure, it’s got a little bit of all those words in the movie but that would be like describing a dish as salty when salt is just a minor component of the dish’s much larger flavor profile.  All of those are minor components of Table 19’s flavor profile but it fails to come tastefully together in the way that one would expect.  Table 19 is the outcast group comedy of a bunch of people that nobody really cares to invite to their wedding but do so anyway out of some sort of obligation.  The premise has some comedic potential certainly.

We are introduced to Eloise McGarry who’s been invited to a wedding she doesn’t really seem too keen on attending.  After much deliberation and defacing of the invitation, she basically decides to attend.  We also get introduced individually to the rest of our cast of misfits as they all get invites to this wedding and deliberate whether they should attend. You have your typical characters…the awkward teenager looking to get laid, the awkward older guy, the awkward couple, and an eccentric older lady.   We all know that they’re going to RSVP yes but this is a movie and we need to get properly introduced before they’re thrown in the mix together.  Before we know it, we are at the wedding and its painfully obvious this is going to be our group of “randoms” (as the bride calls them) that will be sitting together at the table farthest from the main wedding table at the reception, our titular table…Table 19.  Everyone eventually shows up and before you know it, awkward shenanigans are going down.  What’s the real story behind everyone at this table and will they come to truly enjoy this joyous occasion?

Table 19 starts off slow. It starts off slow to the point where you’re wondering where the movie is exactly planning on going.  While everyone’s performance seems decent enough in this movie, Anna Kendrick included, there doesn’t seem to be much conviction here.  Everyone just seems present and that’s it.  That’s a shame too because the cast seems like a very funny group.  Steven Merchant has his moments and is probably the funniest of the group.  Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson play the couple that doesn’t seem to have much chemistry although that may have been the point.  As far as other supporting performances go, Wyatt Russell as the best man was surprisingly enjoyable.  He starts off as a stereotypical jerk but undergoes a pleasant arc.  The story seems to be two faced as it shifts tones halfway through the film.  The comedy is painfully forced, mostly contrived of people stumbling over out of their chairs or running into something they shouldn’t have. 

Table 19 doesn’t seem to know what type of movie it wants to be.  It could be comedy but it’s not that funny although there are glimpses of humor here and there.  It could be a romance but that doesn’t enter the mix for most of the movie.  There is some genuine emotion to be felt towards the end of the movie but I’m not sure that’s enough to make up for the lack of direction the movie displays for the first two acts.  This is a very bland movie.  Thankfully the movie is fairly short.  Still, I would save your money and wait till this comes out as a rental if you really want to see it.

Grade: D+

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