Table 19 (5/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 89 minutes.
Not for children.
There is a line in
the middle of the movie, spoken by an elderly lifelong Nanny, “The only
girl’s name I can think of right now is Nicky.” And that’s the problem
with this movie. There are too many lines and situations that are just
not plausible, even for a rom com. Are we to believe that this woman
can’t think of “Mary,” or “Judy,” or “Karen,” or, well, you get the
idea. It’s a straight line put in so that Eloise McGarry (Anna Kendrick)
can have a rejoinder, but the original line just is too absurd to care
what Eloise replies.
There are some good
performances, by Kendrick and her erstwhile boyfriend, Teddy (Wyatt
Russell, who actually gives the best performance in the movie), and the
others who occupy Table 19.
Table 19 is the worst
table at the wedding of Anna’s best friend, who is Teddy’s sister, and
it contains a bunch of people with problems, Walter (Stephen Merchant),
who doesn't want people to know he just got out of jail, Bina Kepp (Lisa Kudrow) and her black husband Jerry (Craig Robinson)
with whom she's bickering, Renzo Eckberg (Tony Revolori) whose mother realizes that he has problems
meeting girls so forces him to attend the wedding, and the
aforementioned Nanny, Jo Flanagan (June Squibb), with her own personal
problem. They all give good
performances, given what they are required to say and do.
What fell down for me
was the script (Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass), as epitomized by the line
above. The situations are too silly and trite to be involving. On the
plus side, it was less than 90 minutes long.