In some respects, we’re all from Table 19.
It’s the one at the back of the room at the wedding reception,
the one for the “Random Guests,” that have a marginal kind of
relationship to the bride and/or groom.
In fact, they’re the ones that really weren’t expected to send
in the RSVP. They were
supposed to just send regrets and then go online for a nice gift at the
registry. But they all did the
unexpected---they showed up. And
so this disparate group of strangers is now thrown together for what
promises to be a long, awkward evening.
First, there’s the bride’s best friend, Eloise (Anna Kendrick),
who was recently unceremoniously dumped by her fiancée, the bride’s
brother, and best man. She’s
conflicted, she’s embarrassed, she’s angry, she’s reluctantly
single, and she decides to come to the wedding, anyway, so she can keep
telling herself that her “change of status” is a good thing.
Also at the table, the old Nanny, a cousin of the groom who’s on
special leave from his Halfway House following his prison stint for
embezzlement. Then there’s
the argumentative couple who are casual business associates, and a horny
high school boy who’s trying desperately to fit in, but the harder he
tries, the worse it gets.
Yes, the characters are caricatures, and yes, it’s
sitcom-formulaic. But there
are some moments. Anna
Kendrick is always good for the cute-but-vulnerable girl-next-door role.
Veteran comic actor Lisa Kudrow adds some unexpectedly poignant
moments. If you like awkward
humor, there’s a lot to enjoy here.
But sometimes it can’t decide whether to be mean-spirited or
sappy sweet, so it veers between the two with even a little desperate
romance thrown in, and it’s not the bridge and groom, either, who seem
to be minor characters at their own wedding.
Maybe, from the point of view of the guest list, we were minor
characters when we were the bride and groom.
We just assumed we were more important than we really are.
Which makes us perfect prospects for Table 19.