Table 19

I sort of wonder if this is an oddball comedy or just a comedy filled with oddballs. It IS filled with oddballs, that’s the premise. Eloise (Anna Kendrick) is the ex-maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding. Having recently been broken up with the bride’s brother\best man, she knows she shouldn’t be there but to prove a point she RSVPs yes, and as a reward for her bravery, she gets seated at dreaded table 19 with all the other losers and rejects who should have known better.

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They’re a gang of misfits and the wedding is doomed for them. The critics have doomed Table 19 entirely, but I thought it had its charms. There’s certainly a lot of sympathy for the odd ducks of the world, and the performances are pretty winning (Squibb and Merchant being favourites). Some of the gags are tired but it’s kind of nice to see the weirdos normally relegated to the background have a moment in the spotlight. A Mumblecore film more concerned with characters and dialogue than plot, this movie isn’t going to light the world on fire. But like any wedding, it can be made tolerable with an open bar.

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12 thoughts on “Table 19

  1. J.

    I think I could enjoy this. The good cast will obviously help (Kendrick has her moments and that young Tony Revolori was a joy in Grand Budapest Hotel).

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  2. Birgit

    I am actually looking forward to see this film. I don’t expect a diamond but i figured it wasn’t a piece of coal either. it sounds good and fun

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  4. Often Off Topic

    Yeah the critics really slated this, but I kind of loved it. The story didn’t go the way I was expecting it to at all, and the trailer gave very little away so it was a pleasant surprise! An odd movie for sure, but a good kind of odd πŸ™‚

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  5. reocochran

    Twice I have started to go to see this and the persons I was with chose another, despite saying they were interested in this particular one. So, I will rent it and nibble on snacks. Like Diana! Thank you, Jay! πŸ™‚

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