"Unlikely Friends Bond at a Wedding"
TABLE 19 is a drama disguised as a comedy. With a few laughs, a lot of heart and refreshing messages of forgiveness when it comes to romance, it has all the makings of a delightful dramedy. But, with unfortunate and excessively immoral content, wandering subplots and tone problems, TABLE 19 doesn’t live up to its potential.
The movie stars Anna Kendrick as Eloise, a young woman, who’s been removed as maid of honor at her friend’s wedding when the best man dumps her via text. Eloise decides to go to the wedding anyway, despite the awkward situation.
Removed from the wedding party, Eloise must now sit at Table 19 with all the other unwanted wedding guests. This ragtag group includes a man recently out of prison, a teenager who wants to pick up girls, the bride’s elderly nanny, and a couple with marital problems. Although none of them wants to be at the wedding, these unlikely friends bond together to be exactly what each other needs. Can they help Eloise get over her ex?
Despite what the movie’s trailers would lead you to believe, TABLE 19 isn’t a light romantic comedy. The guests at the table are dealing with real life problems, and the movie isn’t afraid to go to darker places such as dealing with affairs, loss of love and life-threatening diseases. Although this realism could be considered a strength, the movie desperately seems to want to be a comedy and ultimately suffers from awkward tone shifts. During heartwarming more dramatic moments, it relies on sexual jokes or slapstick to keep spirits high. It is neither deep drama, nor is it a laugh out loud funny movie, so it winds up somewhere in-between and leaves both genres unsatisfied. These tonal problems are very regrettable because the movie actually does have a lot of heart.
The movie’s best strength lies in its surprising theme and unconventional story. While most romantic comedies convey idealistic and unrealistic views of love, TABLE 19 presents love as a choice. Themes of forgiveness and putting effort into relationships run throughout the movie with both the main storyline as well as the story of a couple who has to fight for their marriage. Sadly, these positive themes get lost in a movie filled with promiscuity, sexual references, gratuitous unnecessary foul language, and mature subject matter such as pregnancy out of wedlock and extramarital affairs. Media wise viewers who might benefit from the movie’s views on love and forgiveness should stay away due to TABLE 19’s explicit content.
(PaPaPa, B, C, LLL, V, SS, N, AA, DD, M) Very strong pagan worldview and “anything goes” mentality overall mixed with small moral, redemptive themes of love, forgiveness and a subplot where a couple must fight for their marriage to survive; 21 obscenities (including 15 “s” words and one “f” word) and a dozen profanities (including exclamations of “God” and “Jesus Christ”), a man makes a crude joke about going to the bathroom on a table at a wedding, someone vomits into a napkin, a crude joke about a man drawing on his genitals and urinating, two instances of people giving others the middle finger; mild violence involves a scuffle over the wedding cake and other light slapstick moments involving pratfalls; strong sexual content includes a reference to a teenage boy’s “manhood,” a joke about a couple being swingers, multiple jokes about having intercourse with the nanny, an entire subplot centers around a young teenager wanting to sleep with someone at the wedding including a reference about trying to get a prostitute into his room; an older woman makes a comment about an attractive guy “knowing where to put his hands,” a guy makes a joke about taking a woman’s clothes off, multiple jokes about one night stands and losing one’s virginity, a character is referenced as a nymphomaniac, a couple leaves the wedding to have intercourse, a girl says she’ll sleep with a teenager when he’s older; two comical scenes with rear male nudity, a joke about a topless older woman celebrity is paid off by an image of the celebrity in a bikini, a married couple showers together shown from shoulders up, some female cleavage; alcohol is present in almost every scene at the wedding, references to an open bar, people drink champagne, a recurring joke about the mother of the bride being drunk; multiple jokes about an elderly woman with marijuana including a scene where she tries to light up, and a scene where the gang smokes together; and, some desires for revenge for being dissed, a man dumps his girlfriend via text, one of the main characters gets pregnant out of wedlock, and there’s discussion about whether to keep the baby.
TABLE 19 stars Anna Kendrick as Eloise, a young woman who’s been removed as maid of honor at her friend’s wedding when the best man dumps her. Eloise decides to go anyway, despite the awkward situation. Removed from the wedding party, Eloise must sit at Table 19 with five other unwanted wedding guests. This ragtag group includes a man recently out of prison, a teenager who wants to pick up girls, the bride’s elderly nanny, and a couple with marital problems. Although none of them wants to be at the wedding, they bond together to be exactly what each other needs. Can they help Eloise get over her ex?
TABLE 19 is a drama disguised as a comedy with a few laughs and a lot of heart. Themes of forgiveness and putting effort into relationships are included, and Anna Kendrick shines in her leading role. Sadly, the positive themes get lost in the movie’s sexual references, gratuitous foul language and extramarital affairs. Media wise viewers who might benefit from the movie’s views on love and forgiveness should stay away due to explicit content.