Table 19 (Blu-ray)

July 17, 2017 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Table 19 is a terrible film. Just let me get that out of the way first. Obviously, I have to actually review and discuss the film, but it was a painful experience that I hoped would end. Even with a relatively short running time around the 80 minute mark, the film feels exhausting. It’s one of those films with a group of characters and their problems that get resolved before the closing credits. Despite a decent cast, they’re all wasted here on a film that has nothing to offer. I wonder what attracted them to the project to begin with. Anna Kendrick is one of the stars, and she continues to take on these sorts of roles. I have to wonder if she has a confidence problem. Seems she can have some say in the type of roles she chooses, or at least something more worth her time. Funny thing is, she’s part of what got me somewhat excited to view this film. She’s not exactly hard on the eyes, but this film is dreadful.

Kendrick stars as Eloise McGarry. She’s recently been relieved of her duty as maid of honor and goes back and forth on whether she should attend the wedding at all. Her boyfriend then dumps her, but he’s also the Bride’s brother. At the wedding, she’s seated next to others who are also having their issues. Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow and June Squibb are some of the others. We then follow these characters and get to know little about them over the course of the film. The problem is, we care nothing about them to begin with. I don’t mind if characters aren’t likable, but these are some of the least compelling characters I’ve seen in quite some time. This flimsy premise might fare better on the small screen, but it struggles to find a groove as a film. It’s never funny or dramatic enough to work. Instead, it chugs along barely making it past the finish line. By that time most audiences would’ve likely tuned out.

Video: How’s it look?

It takes place in a small setting, so don’t expect the visuals to pop, but the transfer serves the film as well as it can. Colors were fine, the print showed no serious issues either. Background shots were solid as well. The transfer does its job.

Audio: How’s it sound?

We get some activity with the rear channels when the music is cranked up, but otherwise the vocals carry the film and they’re fine. No noticeable issues were detected. There’s a clarity to the track that works well.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Deleted Scenes – Eight minutes’ worth are included, but don’t expect your mind to be blown when watching any of them.
  • Promotional Featurettes – The longest of the trio runs just over two minutes. The others aren’t far behind. It’d take me longer to write about them than simply to list them.
    • Table of Rejects
    • Head of the Table
    • Table for Six
  • Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Bottom Line

With a flimsy plot better suited for the small screen and uninteresting characters, Table 19 is a total bust. I can’t warn you enough. Just avoid this mess of a film. There’s nothing funny or reasonably entertaining on display here. Everyone (including the audience) deserves better. Skip it.

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