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Craig Robinson as Jerry, left, Stephen Merchant as Walter and Anna Kendrick as Eloise in “Table 19.” (Deseret Photo) Shes the brides oldest friend, she helped her plan the wedding and has only come to decide whether she still has feelings for the man-child who broke her heart. Interestingly, enjoyably, the actual bride and groom at the center of the event are barely involved in director Jeffrey Blitzs film. They dont even get any dialogue until late in the movie, which takes place during the post-nuptial dinner party. Table 19 is focused squarely on the weddings own Island of Misfit Toys, and frankly, their adventures prove to be a lot more fun. The backbone of the plot is built around learning the exact circumstances of Eloises breakup, but Table 19 has a kind of chaotic ebb and flow that, while messy, lets the audience sit back and watch the misadventures unfold. Rezno is determined to hook up with an eligible female, but his attempts only prove his incompetence. Jerry and Binas marriage doesnt look like its going to survive the day, especially once Binas ulterior motive for attending is revealed. Jo starts off as the token crazy old person, but reveals humbling depths, and Walters creepiness belies a genuine heart once he finally stops trying to convince people that hes really a successful businessman. There are moments of serious sadness and high hilarity, punctuated by moments of heartwarming joy, and the whole mess works because you grow to adore these characters, warts and all. Table 19 is on the more vulgar end of the PG-13 spectrum, but its characters are the kind of people you love in spite of their faults, once you get past the socially backward facades. From the worldview of Table 19, weddings are nothing more than the miserable pomp and circumstance of a heartbreaking industry.

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