TABLE 19- Rated PG-13

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TABLE 19 – Rated PG-13 – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Starring Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Wyatt Russell, June Squibb, Tony Revolori and Stephen Merchant

As we meet Ex-maid of honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick), she is caught between skipping her best friend’s Francine’s (Rya Meyers) wedding…having been relinquished of her maid-of-honor duties, after Francine’s brother Teddy (Wyatt Russell) dumped her a few weeks ago, or going to the wedding, and living through all of the uncomfortableness it is sure to produce…

But, as most gracious girlfriends do, Eloise decides to pull herself together and attend her friends wedding, even though her POS ex-boyfriend will also be in attendance.

Apparently not thinking all of the terrible scenarios through that might happen before returning her RSVP,  Eloise finds herself seated with a few rather peculiar sorts, all seated at the dreaded LAST TABLE / Table 19 ~ including youngster on the prowl Renzo Eckberg (Tony Revolori), barely still married couple Bina (Lisa Kudrow) and Jerry Kepp (Craig Robinson), Francine’s previous Nanny Jo Flanagan (June Squibb), and jail bird “Uncle” Walter (Stephen Merchant).

As they start to converse with one another to pass the time, they find that they ALL have some really big issues they need to deal with in their present lives, causing friendships to evolve, and lives to be forever changed, just from being seated at this “table of misfits”…

I give TABLE 19 a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS MOVIE ON NETFLIX OR HULU! I was so excited to see Kudrow back on the big screen, along with Kendrick, Squibb, even Robinson too, as I have enjoyed much of their previous work over the years. But, hold it right there, as that was a good idea that didn’t come to fruition, as this film ends up being so cheesy, so disjointed, so clearly contrived at every turn, you begin to ask yourself “please, for the love of God and these fabulous actors, can’t you make this movie get any better!” Kendrick is cute as always, and Russell has a few fleeting, almost memorable moments too, but from the youngster trying to get laid, to the ill-fated marriage plot, to the medicinal marijuana subplot you can figure out from a mile away, these vaguely intertwined storylines just seem to flop from her to there, never really going anywhere! So, if you want to catch these superb actors doing some really subpar work, then by all means catch TABLE 19 at a theater near you, but I would suggest that the small screen of your TV or laptop is best to view this film…so that you don’t end up being totally disappointed, having paid too much to see this garbled up mess!

Kathy Kaiser