Sunday, March 12, 2017

Table 19 with Anna Kendrick, Craig Johnson and Lisa Kudrow

Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow (Friends) and Craig Johnson (Pineapple Express, This is the End) play wedding invite rejects relegated to the obscure 19th table at a reception of Eloise's best friend Francie.  The two friends have an additional connection.

While not a laugh-out-loud comedy there are some redeeming qualities to it. Eloise (Kendrick) comes across as a very sweet girl who is still stricken with grief that her ex-boyfriend and the wedding's best man Teddy (Wyatt Russell) left her. Throughout the movie they butt heads in some very emotional confrontations.

At times it can be challenging to tell which direction the movie is going but being left guessing is one reason you should see it.  Will Eloise and Teddy reunite? Will she conveniently realize that she is meant for someone else who happens to come into the picture? The writing is skillful in that there is one surprise that transitions the entire storyline and leads to an endearing, romantic conclusion.

It does struggle slowly between an attempt at drama or serious comedy with the dramatic ultimately winning. But if you're looking for light, clean humor and romance instead of the typical over the top humor that so many successful comedies (Blades of Glory, Zoolander) and not so successful (Keeping up with The Joneses) gun for these days then check it out. I give 6 out of 10 points.

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