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Review: Table 19

I do not blame you if you have never heard of this film before, as a matter of fact going into this film I had not seen any trailer and I had only read the first line of the synopsis. In the world of modern Hollywood where you know the first half of every major blockbuster because of masses of trailers and promotional material being thrown your way, such an experience was indeed refreshing to me.

Table 19 is laudable for having a talented cast, with recognisable faces such as Anna Kendrick and Stephen Merchant. Kendrick plays Eloise, the maid of honour at a wedding; however, having been dumped by her boyfriend (and brother of the bride) she is relegated to sitting on a table of misfits, including a high school student, the bride’s first nanny, cousin of the bride “Walter” who’s allegedly a successful businessman, and an unsettled married couple.

Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson as Bina and Jerry Kepp, a couple working in the same diner business as the bride’s father

The film is a mixture of comedy and drama, with effective use of both genres. There are engrossing mysteries around most of these characters, with the rest offering great laughs. Merchant is a great example of this humour, as well as Tony Revolori as Renzo, a high school student inept with women and with an over-reliance on his mother.

While having mysteries as such may seem to be very clichéd, I enjoyed how human these individual stories surprisingly were. This rather tender feeling was ended inadequately for the fact that I wasn’t sure how believable it was, however the stories themselves offer interesting insight into the characters’ behaviours and left me intrigued for most of the film.

Kendrick is a good star as the main character Eloise, having been thrown onto this table and her story of functioning with misfits and dealing mainly with the best man, who is her ex-boyfriend, are handled very well. Wyatt Russell plays her ex Teddy, whose arc I found questionable. I was not sure if what was seen of his character should match with the ending he was given.

Wyatt Russell as Teddy

I thought that Table 19 was a very enjoyable film; however, having watched it I checked the general consensus from other reviews, and others had not been taking to it so well. I think this is unfair, as the film offers some genuinely funny and touching moments for any who choose to see it. It does lead me to the hope, however, that maybe my rating will make it onto the Blu-ray cover for this film.

Above all, I thought that Table 19 was a very cleverly written film; so much so that I will keep track of where its writers (two brothers Jay and Mark Duplass) get up to further on in their careers. It is a small story with big charm and if you get a chance do watch it, if not the for lack of anything better in cinemas at the moment.

★★★★☆