Starring: Anna Kenrick, Wyatt Russell, Thomas Cocquerel
for thematic elements, sexual content, drug use, language and some brief nudity.
Reviewer: Lynn Venhaus
Ex-Maid of Honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick) is exiled to a random guest table at her best friend’s reception because she broke up with the bride’s brother Teddy (Wyatt Russell). The guests bond by getting involved in her shaky emotional state.
With a cast of deft comic actors and the pedigree of screenwriters Mark and Jay Duplass behind this innocuous romantic comedy, “Table 19” underachieves. It’s a bland story that lacks bite. Laughs are sparse and tone is wildly uneven, as we veer from sweet to sour and sad to silly.
Oh, it has its moments and catchy ‘80s tunes. Anna Kendrick is likable enough as the sympathetic jilted girlfriend, but her chemistry with a random encounter (Thomas Cocquerel as Huck) is superior to scruffy ex-beau Teddy, a miscast Wyatt Russell (Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s son).
Misused guests include Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson as bickering diner owners, Tony Revolori as a hormones-raging teenager, June Squibb as the bride’s nanny, and Stephen Merchant as a socially awkward relative.
Wedding experiences are usually a comedic gold mine, as other movies have proved. This turned out like a squished piece of leftover cake.