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TABLE 19 (2017)

This is a hard film to peg, which right there scores points with me.  The scene is a wedding reception, and the people at Table 19 don’t exactly get to sit with the bride and groom.  Matter of fact, this table is filled up with people who should have just sent their regrets.  Like Eloise (Anna Kendrick), who was the matron of honor and helping plan this wedding until she was dumped by the bride’s brother Teddy (Wyatt Russell).  There’s the Kipps (Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson), who were invited because of their connection to the Ohio diner business (there are other diner owners there), but were dumped at this table.  There’s Nanny Jo (June Squibb, delightful), who was Teddy’s nanny a loooong time ago.  Teenager Renzo (Tony Revoleri) is there only because his mother (voice of Margo Martindale) said he would no doubt be sitting at the singles’ table.  And my favorite – the groom’s father’s cousin Walter (Stephen Merchant), who is currently living in a halfway house after stealing $128,000 from the groom’s father’s business.  He's fascinating, jittery but sweet and very careful about what he tells anyone.  Excellent work from Merchant (and really, this entire cast). 

You would figure this is going to be the story of this reception, everyone will butt heads and then make up and celebrate the marriage.  Well, that’s where Table 19 goes off the road a bit as these folks, for a very good reason, wander out of the wedding reception and back to one of the hotel rooms to hang out with each other.  They all begin to deal with issues that they’ve left on the back burner for a long time.  Great character development stuff here out of what looked like a typical wedding comedy.  They eventually wander back to the reception, Walter does something incredibly sweet and unnoticed for the bride and groom and here is where Table 19 bends back into familiar rom-com territory.  But it doesn’t take away from the surprising middle of an atypical film.  Different, amusing, surprising even though it goes for a traditional ending.  Still recommended.


TLA one-word review: slight