Starring: Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, Wyatt Russell
OUR RATING: ★★½
Story: Comedy drama directed by Jeffrey Blitz and written by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass. The story follows Eloise (Anna Kendrick), who was supposed to be the maid of honor at a wedding with her boyfriend serving as the best man. However, she’s relieved of her duties after she’s is unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, but Eloise decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend’s wedding anyway.
When she turns up at the wedding she finds herself seated at the ‘random’ table 19 in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, who don’t really fit in at any of the other tables. 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.
Verdict: Despite the comedic acting ensemble and the beautifully weird lovable characters they play, the flat plot just doesn’t do them any justice. The movie is being sold as a comedy but the laughs are few and far between and the predictable ending doesn’t do it any favors. Only recommended if you don’t mind by-the-book romcom with predictable sentimentality thrown in.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 16)
Jo Flanagan: I’m Francie Millner’s first nanny, Jo Flanagan. That’s Jo with a J and an O and no E.
Rezno Eckberg: I’m Renzo, with an E and an O and no J.
Jo Flanagan: You have an intense look about you, Renzo.
Rezno Eckberg: Thank you, I’m working on that.
Jo Flanagan: How well do you know the bride and groom, Mr. Kepp?
Jerry Kepp: Hmm, I can smell the toilets from here, that’s how well we know the bride and groom.
Bina Kepp: This is a great table. It’s a great one.
Jerry Kepp: No, it isn’t.
Bina Kepp: Yeah, it is. Yes, it is.
Jerry Kepp: No, it isn’t.
Bina Kepp: Yes, it is.
Jerry Kepp: No, it isn’t.
Eloise McGarry: Sorry, I’m I’m having an off day.
Huck: Do you ever have that kind of day where the things that come easy to everyone else just seem so elusive?
Eloise McGarry: No.
Huck: Yeah, me neither.
[Eloise finds the card with her name and table number which is 19]
Eloise McGarry: Not that you asked, but this is where I’m sitting. So if you end up in the high teens, you know where to find me.
Eloise McGarry: [to herself] Today will not suck.
Eloise McGarry: Hi.
Rezno Eckberg: I’m Renzo. I’ve achieved puberty and I’m in a rock band.
Walter Thimple: I’m Walter, I’m a successful businessman and I’ve also reached puberty.
Eloise McGarry: Well, terrific. I’m Eloise.
Eloise McGarry: It’s no mystery, it’s not a big deal. I got dumped by Francie’s brother, Teddy Millner, the best man. That tall drink of shit over there at table one you can barely see. God, look at him. That guy is exactly who you think he’d be. Yeah, just a selfish jerk. Which I somehow didn’t see until two months ago when he dumped me out of the blue. Then I saw. So I dropped out as maid of honor because it was awkward and I RSVP’d “No”. Well, “Yes” and then “No”. And then I thought, this is about Francie, it’s her day, and I won’t let her brother scare me away from that. I’m glad I came. I’m fine. I feel nothing, actually. I’m, like… I feel liberated. I feel free.
Eloise McGarry: After two years, you break up with me over text? “Good luck with your future endeavors?” Were you firing me? What the f… You’re an asshole. Oh, my God, you’re such an asshole. You’re a ridiculous asshole.
Teddy: Why don’t you just go home?
Eloise McGarry: Yeah?
Teddy: Yeah. Before you ruin all this for Francie.
Eloise McGarry: I don’t have a ferry ticket till tomorrow, anyway.
Bina Kepp: Just a hypothetical, if somebody offered you twenty bucks to go up to my room and read your book in the tub, would you? Say, yes.
Jerry Kepp: No. You know how I feel about a hotel bathtub. People do unconscionable things in hotel bathtub.
Bina Kepp: Okay, I’m sorry.
Jerry Kepp: Bina, standup.
Bina Kepp: No.
Jerry Kepp: Bina, please standup right now, please.
Bina Kepp: Why?
Jerry Kepp: I will give you twenty unhypothetical dollars if you standup right now.
Bina Kepp: Alright then.
[she stands up and at the same time a waiter wearing an identical jacket to her stands next to her]
Bina Kepp: Okay. What?
[she turns and sees the waiter]
Bina Kepp: Oh. Shit!
Waiter: What a shame.
Jerry Kepp: There you go.
[he hands Bina the twenty dollar]
Bina Kepp: Thank you, so much.
[she takes it and rips the money]
Walter Thimple: How long have you worked here?
Eloise McGarry: Do you know what Francie’s mother calls this table?
Bina Kepp: What does Carol Millner calls Table 19?
Eloise McGarry: The table that should have known to RSVP regrets but not before sending something nice off the registry.
Eloise McGarry: The table that could disappear in the middle of the wedding and no one would even notice.
Eloise McGarry: I did the table assignments with Francie before I was replaced as maid of honor because her brother broke up with me over text after two years. That’s the kind of table this is.
Rezno Eckberg: I may come to you one day asking for Megan-Ann’s hand in marriage.
Luke Pfaffle: She’s not my daughter.
Rezno Eckberg: But today, I’m only going to ask for her hand in this dance. And the rest of her, along with her body.
Luke Pfaffle: Okay. I’m gonna go out on a limb here, Rezno, and say that she has evaluated the whole package, including the after-school specials and she’s not really ready to dance with that, okay? So you could just stand awkwardly in front of another table.
Teddy: It was lovely dancing with you.
[Eloise watches as he walks away]
Eloise McGarry: How did I just not get kissed?
Rezno Eckberg: It happens more often than you think.
Donny Haczyk: You know, marriage is till death do us part. What does that mean? Does that mean you’re going to get to heaven and men you’ll be single, and then do whatever you want at that point? Maybe. Nobody knows what happens after you die. You are Romeo and Juliet. And we all wish you the same happy ending.
Jo Flanagan: [to Eloise] What if you came here for a different reason today? What if you went away with something better?
Total Quotes: 16