Table 19

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Table 19
Table 19 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJeffrey Blitz
Screenplay byJeffrey Blitz
Story by
Produced by
  • Shawn Levy
  • Tom McNulty
  • Mark Roberts
  • P.Jennifer Dana
Starring
CinematographyBen Richardson
Edited byYana Gorskaya
Music byJohn Swihart
Production
companies
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • March 3, 2017 (2017-03-03)
Running time
87 minutes[1][2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$5 million[3][4]
Box office$5 million[5]

Table 19 is a 2017 American comedy film written and directed by Jeffrey Blitz, from a story originally written by brothers Jay and Mark Duplass. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Wyatt Russell, and Tony Revolori.

The film was released on March 3, 2017, by Fox Searchlight Pictures, receiving generally negative reviews from critics and grossed $5 million.

Plot[edit]

Eloise McGarry attends her oldest friend Francie Millner's wedding. Originally maid of honor, she "dropped out" two months ago after her (now) ex-boyfriend Teddy, the best man and the bride's brother, broke up with her by text after two years together. Teddy is now back with his old girlfriend. At the reception, Eloise discovers she is seated at Table 19. As she considers leaving, a fellow guest named Huck offers unsolicited advice, and she decides to stay.

Eloise meets her table mates: Jerry and Bina Kepp, Facebook friends of the groom's father; teen Renzo Eckberg, whose mom is an acquaintance of the groom; Jo Flanagan, Teddy and Francie's childhood nanny; and Walter Thimble, the bride's cousin, who is out on parole. They discuss if Table 19 is a "good table," Eloise tells them that she helped plan the wedding, and she knows Table 19 is for misfits.

As the newlyweds arrive and begin dancing, Eloise starts feeling insecure and dances with Huck, who she kisses. When he won't sit with her, she realizes he is a wedding crasher and "Huck" isn't his real name, and he leaves.

Although not bonding initially, they come together when Jo realizes Eloise is pregnant. With the table's help, Eloise confronts Teddy about dumping her when she told him about the baby. Teddy says he broke up with her because she said they would be ridiculous parents, leaving Teddy hurt and worried he'd disappoint her. The argument ends with them accidentally destroying the cake and hastily covering it up.

Bitter and covered in cake, Table 19 changes clothes and moves to Jo's room to smoke pot and talk. Walter reveals he went to prison for stealing $125,000 from the father of the bride because a former friend conned him. Renzo came to the wedding in lieu of his junior prom, as his mom thought he could meet someone. Jo feels she has wasted her life and the children she cared for have forgotten her.

The table goes on a walk, and Jerry gives Renzo advice on how to pick up girls, while Eloise realizes Jo has terminal cancer and will die in the next year. Jo tells Eloise that if she has a daughter she shouldn't name her "Jo" as it's a tough name for a girl. Bina admits to Jerry she came to the wedding to have an affair with an ex, who did not show. They fight, and she heads back inside with Walter.

On Jo's suggestion, the six try to find the wedding crasher Eloise met earlier. They learn "Huck" is actually the groom from another wedding. As payback, Walter steals Huck's wedding cake to replace the one they destroyed earlier.

Returning to the reception, Table 19 is visited by the bride and groom, who express genuine happiness that everyone there has attended. Francie and Eloise talk briefly, Francie apologizes that she was seated so far away from her, and Eloise decides to leave early. Francie then assures Jo she has not forgotten her, telling a brief but touching childhood story about Teddy, inspiring the table to see him differently. They track down Eloise, encouraging her to tell him how she really feels. As the core wedding party leaves on a ferry, she tries to apologize to him from the dock, but he's too far away to hear her.

Eloise, Walter, Jo, and Renzo return to the wedding hall for the last of the cake. In their room, the Kepps discuss their fragile marriage and reconcile before joining them. Teddy suddenly reappears, dripping wet from jumping off the ferry, and asks Eloise to repeat what she said. Eloise asks that they be willing to forgive each other and they reconcile, and the entire group dances to one last song.

A few months later, the Kepps have repaired their strained marriage, Jo has died of cancer, and the Kepps have taken in Jo's dog. Renzo has a girlfriend, and Walter refers to the other Table 19 guests as family. Eloise and Teddy are together and have had their baby. They mail birth announcements to their friends and family, including Table 19. The card reveals they had a son who they named Joe.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In April 2009, Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired the film, with Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass set to direct their own screenplay.[6] In October 2011, Jeffrey Blitz was brought in to rewrite the script and direct the film.[7][8] On March 24, 2015, it was announced that Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell, and Amanda Crew would star in the film.[9]

Principal photography began in the Atlanta area on March 27, 2015, and ended on April 30, 2015.[8][10][11] While the plot places the wedding at a resort on an island in the fictional "Lake Alma", in Michigan, filming took place on the Lake Lanier Islands, northeast of Atlanta and at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds on Lake Oconee, southeast of Atlanta.[12] Other scenes were filmed in Douglasville, west of Atlanta.[12] Foxhall Resort is one of the production sites of the movie. It was filmed in a venue called "Legacy".

Music[edit]

In February 2016, it was announced that John Swihart would score the film.[13]

Release[edit]

The film was originally scheduled to be released on January 20, 2017,[14] before being pushed back to March 3.[15]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 26% based on 113 reviews, with an average rating of 4.55/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Table 19 is marginally more entertaining than actually sitting with a table full of strangers at a wedding — although most screenings won't come with an open bar, which makes it a wash."[16] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 40 out of 100, based on reviews from 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17]

David Fear of Rolling Stone magazine called the film “[a] tonally uneven mishmash of Wes Anderson quirk, John Cassavetes guts-spilling and The Breakfast Club, all of which somehow manages to dampen the talents of its crack ensemble cast."[18] Owen Gleiberman of Variety magazine wrote that “[a]lmost everything that happens in this movie rings cloyingly false. It wants to make you laugh and cry, but you may be too busy cringing."[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table 19" (PDF). Digital Cinema by Deluxe. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "Table 19 (12A)". British Board of Film Classification.
  3. ^ "Table 19 (2017)". The Wrap. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Table 19 (2017) - Financial Information". The Numbers.
  5. ^ "Table 19 (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Duplass Brothers' Table 19 Set Up at Fox Searchlight - /Film". Slashfilm.com. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  7. ^ Rachel Abrams (2011-10-27). "Jeffrey Blitz in talks to helm 'Table 19′". Variety. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  8. ^ a b Brooks, Brian (2017-03-03). "Anna Kendrick & Lisa Kudrow Seated At 'Table 19′; Bart Freundlich's Journey With 'Wolves' – Specialty B.O. Preview". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  9. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (2015-03-24). "Anna Kendrick Reunites With 'Rocket Science' Director For 'Table 19′". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-05-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "On the Set for 3/30/15: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale & Ryan Gosling Start on 'The Big Short', Julianne Moore Wraps 'Maggie's Plan' & More". Ssninsider.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-23. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  11. ^ "On the Set for 5/4/15: Independence Day 2 Starts Shooting While Directors Jodie Foster and Martin Scorsese Wrap Their Films". Ssninsider.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  12. ^ a b ""Table 19" Starring Starring Anna Kendrick Casting Call for Recurring Extras, Featured Roles and Stand-ins in GA". AuditionsFree.com. 2015-03-15. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  13. ^ "John Swihart to Score Jeffrey Blitz's 'Table 19'". FilmMusicReporter.com. February 2, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  14. ^ Lee, Ashley (July 7, 2016). "'Table 19' Trailer: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow Are a Wedding's Most Unwanted Guests". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "Table 19". Fox Searchlight. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  16. ^ "Table 19 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  17. ^ "Table 19 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  18. ^ Fear, David (3 March 2017). "'Table 19' Review: Anna Kendrick's Wedding Comedy RSVPs Its Regrets". Rolling Stone.
  19. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (1 March 2017). "Film Review: 'Table 19'". Variety.

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