Movie Review: Table 19
Let’s just go ahead and talk about the elephant in this review. Yes, Stephen Merchant is in two movies opening today. There, we did, don’t we all feel better? I will say, of those two films, Table 19, is further down on my list (do two things still count as a list?) of recommendations.
Ex-maid of honor Eloise – having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text – decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend’s wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the ‘random’ table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, most of whom should have known to just send regrets (but not before sending something nice off the registry). As everyone’s secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of Table 19. Friendships – and even a little romance – can happen under the most unlikely circumstances. via Fox Searchlight
Watching the trailer for Table 19 would leave you to believe that it has all of the workings of a classic, hilarious chick-flick. This is not the case. In fact, when I left the theater I was impressed with the film for not going down the traditional chick-flick path, and for daring to throw some unexpected loops in the plot. However, the longer I thought about the movie, the more issues I started to have. Sure, we are seeing a non-traditional chick-flick storyline play out, but it’s a storyline with gaping holes and insanely underdeveloped characters.
It is possible that there has not been a movie that underutilized it’s cast more than Table 19. This cast is essentially comedy gold, but they are given very little to work with. Not only are these characters relegated to the “Random” table they are relegated to half-baked characters that sorta resemble familiar caricatures. The worst part is that if they’d spent a bit more time tightening up the characters and plot it would have been a really great film. The filmmakers had everything they needed for success but fell just a little bit short.
One more parting thought: Table 19 does have a killer soundtrack.
Reason to See:
If you’ve ever been to a wedding that turned into a shit-show, then this is a film you’ll want to see. Plot issues and character underdevelopment aside, you’ll sympathize with the characters relegated to the dreaded “Randoms” table.
Reason to Skip:
The aforementioned plot issues and character underdevelopment.
Is Table 19 Worth Spending The Price of a Ticket?
Eh, this is probably more of a watch it at home kind of film.
Rosé all day!
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