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

LOVE THE COOPERS – Rated PG-13

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“Will the Grandparents of this lost child please come up and claim her…”

From the writer who has brought us such classic love stories as HOPE FLOATS (98) and P.S. I LOVE YOU (07), comes a classic family holiday comedy/drama, filled with the trials and tribulations we all seem to face over the HOLIDAY SEASON ~ so put that smile on your face and get ready to go head first into REAL LIFETHIS IS LOVE THE COOPERS!!

The Christmas season is upon us, and it seems that the entire COOPER CLAN is coming home for the holidays…

Married 40 years and finding that they don’t have very much in common anymore, Charlotte (Diane Keaton) and Sam (John Goodman) seem to have come to a crossroads in their relationship…and neither one is sure on which way to turn…

Charlotte convinces Sam that they need to celebrate one more Christmas together as a “HAPPY FAMILY”, so they embark upon picking up their grandkids, so they can enjoy a few family traditions together before the BIG MAN arrives…

Trying to keep his head above water as he makes the best of his new single life – yeah right ~and loosing his job ~ son Hank (Ed Helms) is trying to find a new job before his ex-wife Angie (Alex Borstein) or his parents find out his he is now officially ~ A TOTAL LOOSER

And just arriving at the airport, and deciding to hang there for hours, instead of heading home to be judged by her mother, we meet the beautiful and totally screwed up daughter Eleanor (Olivia Wilde), who is in a relationship with a married man, but finds comfort in getting to know the military guy she just met named Joe (Jake Lacy) and who she has just invited to go home with her…

Even Grandpa (Alan Arkin) is struggling with his love life this year, as the beautiful young waitress named Ruby (Amanda Seyfried) that he visits daily, has just informed him that she is leaving to start a new life far, far away from here…

Can you say ~ ONE SCREWED UP FAMILY…but, like all families, beyond the quirks and idiosyncrasies of everyone involved, is a group of fantastic people that we all just HAVE TO LOVE…

I give LOVE THE COOPERS a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD ~ Since I absolutely love a few of the actors in this VERY REAL CHRISTMAS Com/Dram, I was totally excited to catch the 1st Christmas release of the season. Keaton plays the same type of character we have seen from her again, and again, and again – Mom with a heart of gold, but always using her judgmental tone…But, Goodman is a little off character this time around, playing the cast aside husband, hoping for a glimpse of the woman he fell in love with to reappear before its too late ~ and Helms and Wilde are good too ~ as the son and daughter who try to be “the best they can be in their parents eyes, but always seeming to fall a little short in their own minds…” Toss in the acting prowess of Arkin, Seyfried, Tomei, and Mackey, and you have a compilation of superb actors to round out the many intertwining storylines contained in this film. And without giving too much away, don’t leave without seeing each and every frame, even if you are waiting to catch it this one on DVD, as you must catch who narrates this film…cause it makes all the difference in the world once you finally do 😉

Kathy Kaiser