Unlikely Friends Bond at a Wedding
Release Date: March 03, 2017
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow,
Craig Robinson, Wyatt Russell,
Tony Revolori, June Squibb,
Stephen Merchant, Amanda Crew,
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures/News
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Executive Producer: Ross Jacobson, Sheldon
Rabinowitz, Jeremy Kipp Walke
Producer: Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty, Mark
Roberts, Dan Cohen, P.
Writer: Jeffrey Blitz
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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.
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.