Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, drug use, language and some brief nudity. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: March 3, 2017 Released by: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Jeffrey Blitz's Michigan-set hackneyed wedding comedy starring Anna Kendrick (soon to be in Pitch Perfect 3) is mostly uninspired and ineffective in spite of the talents involved in it. Those who see it might like a couple of tricks up its sleeve but the originality and feeling of other features in this milieu from Rachel Getting Married to Four Weddings and a Funeral to Wedding Crashers or even the bawdy Bridesmaids is sorely lacking.
The Duplass Bros. (Jay and Mark of Cyrus and Jeff Who Lives At Home) came up with the story for Table 19 which represents the least popular (outcast?) spot at the nuptials of a bride and groom where the denizens 'regret' about being not important to them at the outset. As short as the proceedings actually are they feel a tad protracted led by the crestfallen Eloise (Kendrick, who may rise above the listless material).
Eloise is there because of being dumped by the groom's best man she lost out on the coveted maid of honor role. And, she is joined by awkward ex-con Walter (Stephen Merchant), nerdy Renzo (Tony Revolori, the bellhop of Grand Budapest Hotel) and ebullient granny (June Squibb of Nebraska) who's not averse to a toke or hip-hop. Squabbling diner-running married couple as played by Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson seem to be most in tune to Blitz's vision, as ill-advised as it turns out to be.
Looking to their groove back (or back in it) may be the order of business here, but the levels of camaraderie doesn't promote much fun rather than enervation, a fulsome embarrassment of appreciation overstuffed like the festivities and treats by the planners. A hollow, very intermittently witty confection where the unknown bride and groom aren't unveiled till near the conclusion which hardly proves fortuitous, but more flaccid and undernourished "Table 19."