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Table 19: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Review

Table 19 (2017) movie poster Table 19

Theatrical Release: March 3, 2017 / Running Time: 87 Minutes / Rating: PG-13

Director: Jeffrey Blitz / Writers: Jeffrey Blitz (screenplay & story); Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass (story)

Cast: Anna Kendrick (Eloise McGarry), Craig Robinson (Jerry Kepp), June Squibb (Jo Flanagan), Lisa Kudrow (Bina Kepp), Stephen Merchant (Walter Thimble), Tony Revolori (Renzo Eckberg), Wyatt Russell (Teddy Millner), Amanda Crew (Nikki Carmichael), Thomas Cocquerel (Huck), Becky Ann Baker (Carol Millner), Andy Daly (Luke Pfaffler), Maria Thayer (Infamous Kate Millner), Andy Blitz (Notorious Donny Haczyk), Margo Martindale (voice of Freda Eckberg)

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Table 19 credits its story to acclaimed indie filmmaking brothers Mark and Jay Duplass (Cyrus, Jeff, Who Lives at Home). It hails from prestige distributor Fox Searchlight Pictures. And it stars Anna Kendrick, who though well removed from her Oscar nomination for 2009's Up in the Air,
has mainly blazed a trail of respectability in a mix of indie and studio fare. All this signs point to Table 19 being better than it is.

This PG-13 comedy presents a stately wedding from the distant table where guests who should have known to check "decline with regret" on the invitation (but didn't) are seated. Our point of entry is Eloise McGarry (Kendrick), a young woman who helped plan the wedding, but has been ostracized after getting dumped by the bride's brother and groom's best man, Teddy (Wyatt Russell). Eloise wants to make sure she's over him, even though it's clear to us she isn't.

Her tablemates don't have as strong a connection to the couple being wed. They include Jo Flanagan (Nebraska's June Squibb), a sassy old lady who long ago was nanny to the bride and Teddy; the Kepps (Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson), a diner-owning Ohio couple for whom Love's flame has flickered out; a gangly Brit (Stephen Merchant) who is uncomfortably determined to hide the fact that he's an ex-con; and a teenager (Tony Revolori, The Grand Budapest Hotel's Lobby Boy) who's just plain uncomfortable in all social situations.

Awkwardness ensues when Eloise McGarry (Anna Kendrick) shows up at the wedding where her ex is best man in "Table 19."

What kind of wacky situations do the Duplasses conceive for these strangers bound together only by a seating chart? There's a destroyed wedding cake. Eloise shares a dance and kiss with a mysterious and handsome Brit (Thomas Cocquerel).
They change out of their cake-soiled clothes, get high, and bond a little in one of their hotel rooms. And they come to know why Eloise and Teddy broke up.

Table 19 is never as smart and funny as the Duplass' previous work. It relies heavily on pratfalls and physical comedy, earning only the occasional light chuckle from either. Characters are given arcs and depth, but it's all forced and contrived, a stark contrast from the natural and earnest awkwardness encountered in past Duplass films like Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home. Kendrick is basically a small step away from playing a late-Noughties Kate Hudson, Katherine Heigl, or Anne Hathaway wedding comedy character. And the movie isn't much better than such low bar-setting farces.

As a sorta indie with the least desirable qualities of studio comedies, Table 19 disappointed both cineastes and those who are fine with getting 90 minutes of breezy, mildly diverting comedy. Its mid-range theater count reflected that uncomfortable in-between nature and the failure to interest either demographic was demonstrated in underwhelming grosses of $3.6 million domestic and $5 M worldwide.

Despite those weak numbers, Fox still treats Table 19 to a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack, which is now available.

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2.40:1 Widescreen (DVD Anamorphic)
Blu-ray: 5.1 DTS-HD MA (English), DTS 5.1 (French, German), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Descriptive Video Service, Spanish);
DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, Descriptive Video Service), Dolby Surround 2.0 (Spanish, French)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French; BD-only: French Canadian, Dutch, German
DVD Closed Captioned; Extras Subtitled
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Suggested Retail Price: $39.99
Two single-sided, dual-layered discs (BD-50 & DVD-9)
Blue Eco-Friendly Keepcase in Cardboard Slipcover
Also available as DVD + Digital HD ($29.98 SRP) and on Instant Video

VIDEO and AUDIO

Table 19 boasts the high quality picture and sound you expect for a major studio Blu-ray release in 2017. The 2.40:1 picture exhibits no flaws, while the 5.1 DTS-HD master audio soundtrack gets the job done. A number of dubs and subs are offered as well.

Cousin Donny (Andy Blitz) gives a rambling and only somewhat coherent toast in this deleted scene. Screenwriter/director Jeffrey Blitz adds some commentary to the clips of the promotional featurettes.

BONUS FEATURES, MENUS, PACKAGING and DESIGN

Extras begin with four deleted scenes (8:12), a big enough deal to prompt a slipcover sticker reading "Say I Do to Deleted Scenes." They give us more of Carol Millner (Becky Ann Baker) ungracefully singing Etta James'

"At Last", cousin Donny (Andy Blitz) giving a rambling and barely coherent toast, a much extended look at the infamous Kate Millner (Maria Thayer) singing Dolly Parton's "9 to 5", and a painful, spontaneous Table 19 group dance to "Melt with You" in the hotel room.

Under the heading Promotional Featurettes, we get three short pieces comprised largely of clips with a little bit of cast/crew talking heads: "Table of Rejects" (1:42), "Head of the Table" (2:21), "Table for Six" (2:04). They're basically designed to sell the movie in a slightly different fashion than a trailer.

A photo gallery consists of 30 images, a mix of publicity stills and behind-the-scenes ones. You can navigate it on your own or let it run as a 2-minute, 28-second slideshow.

Table 19's theatrical trailer (2:24) is kindly preserved here.

The discs open with a promo for Digital HD and trailers for Snatched, Why Him?, and Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates. The menu simply loops clips under listings. All the same things are also found in a Sneak Peek section, where they're joined by trailers for This Beautiful Fantastic, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, and Keeping Up with the Joneses.

The two full-color discs share an eco-friendly keepcase with the Digital HD insert and another touting Regal Cinemas' Crown Club app. The case is topped by a glossy slipcover reproducing the same artwork below.

The misfits from Table 19 (Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, Lisa Kudrow, and June Squibb) take an elevator ride to wash off the cake that got all over their fancy clothes.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Table 19 is an indie-fashioned film with a mainstream comedy's bad judgment. Too stupid for the arthouse crowd but not quite slick or broad enough for the masses, this dumb wedding tale disappoints at a distance from the story-credited Duplass Brothers' usual wheelhouse. Fox's Blu-ray combo pack looks and sounds nice, but the handful of extras aren't enough to make the movie worth more than a single frustrating viewing at best.

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Wyatt Russell: Everybody Wants Some!! | Craig Robinson: This Is the End Hot Tub Time Machine | Tony Revolori: The Grand Budapest Hotel
June Squibb: Nebraska Love the Coopers | Lisa Kudrow: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion The Girl on the Train
Written by the Duplass Brothers: Jeff, Who Lives at Home Cyrus

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Reviewed June 18, 2017.



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