Friday, March 17, 2017

Table 19 will make you relive your worst wedding reception

Movie Title:  Table 19

Grade:  C-

Rating:  PG-13, 1 hour 27 minutes

In a Nutshell:  First, let me announce that my oldest son just got engaged!  Woohoo!  I sure hope his reception is nothing like the one in this movie.

This rom-com makes you feel like you’re trapped at a really awful reception with really awful people...and you don't even get to eat cake to make up for it.

Uplifting theme: 
  • Forgiveness
  • “People do weird things at weddings.” – Huck (Thomas Cocquerel)
  • Persistence, self-respect
  • Don't judge other people 

Things I liked:
  • I always like watching Anna Kendrick.  The director could have easily worked in a singing number for her at the reception, which would have made the film a little less awful.
  • Good for Stephen Merchant for having two movies in theaters right now!  In this film, he plays his typical nerdy character, but in Logan, he plays a very different albino character.
  • Guys, take note: learn how to dance.  Most of us women dream of being swept off our feet, literally.

Things I didn’t like:
  • The cast showed promise, but the dialogue and plot just couldn’t benefit.  The premise was also a good idea, but it just didn't go anywhere.
  • Lisa Kudrow and Jerry Kepp have no chemistry together.  I hated watching them fight and bicker for the majority of the movie.
  • Teddy and Eloise didn't seem to match at all.  Odd casting, I thought. It didn't seem believable that they had dated.  Notice his geeked-out moves during the dance scene.  ha ha
  • Put a beanie on the baby at the end of the movie!  The parents are wearing coats in the winter cold, but the baby needs to be more bundled up!
  • People can be so rude.  I wouldn’t want to spend time with most of those people at this wedding.

Funny lines:
  • “You children are such a disappointment!” –  Nanny Jo Flanagan (June Squibb), as she talks to the adults at Table 19.
  • “Junior prom is a horror show.”  - Renzo Revolori's mom on the phone
  • “What kind of a nanny are you?!” – Bina Kepp (Lisa Kudrow) after she sees the nanny do drugs
“Retired.” – Nanny Jo

Tips for parents: 
  • Profanity
  • Pre-marital relations.  
  • The Nanny does drugs and offers them to other people.
  •  Bad behavior all around.
  • Eloise (Anna Kendrick) expected a kiss after only one dance with a guy she just met?  Seriously?  Talk to your daughters about reality vs. soap opera behavior.

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