Ex-maid of honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick)—having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text—decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend’s wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the ‘random’ table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, most of whom should have known to just send regrets (but not before sending something nice off the registry). As everyone’s secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of Table 19. Friendships—and even a little romance—can happen under the most unlikely circumstances.
“Table 19” is a film with some genuinely funny moments, and the movie’s plot and quality is elevated due to the terrific cast. Eloise (Anna Kendrick) has been dumped by Teddy (Wyatt Russell), her boyfriend. His sister is getting married and, despite her break-up with Teddy, Eloise accepts the invitation to attend. Of course, she ends up at Table 19, which she learns is the table where those invited “should have sent regrets, but not before buying something nice from the registry first.”
Table 19 is the table that is the farthest away from the married couple. It seems only “misfits” or those considered “losers” were given this place at the table. This “elite group” includes a couple who run a diner and don’t know why they were invited and a teen who is close to being an adult and is unsuccessfully repressing his physical feelings for a young woman, any young woman. A very tall cousin is part of the group as is the former nanny for the bride. Despite Teddy not being happy about Eloise being there, some good does come out of this odd situation, including Eloise meeting a good-looking young man. They are soon dancing and the rest of Table 19 begins to form a friendship.
One of the funny moments of the film includes a toast being given to the couple, dubbed “Romeo and Juliet” and the wish that they have the same happy ending as Shakespeare’s famous couple! Regrettably, due to some strong content in a few areas (as listed), we can’t award the movie our Dove Family-Approved Seal. But if anyone has ever felt like the odd man out, this movie is all about that, but with a dash of hope mixed in with it—or, if you prefer, a silver lining.