We’re at the height of the summer wedding season, which is perhaps why the Table 19 trailer is so relatable. It’s a preview for a film about the guests sitting at the reject table, the place where the bride and groom dumped those guests they either don’t care for or had no other place to put. What makes this particular group of characters so endearing is they’re made up of Anna Kendrick, June Squibb, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, and more.
Pop Sugar debuted the Table 19 trailer, which may be the first hint that this won’t be a groan-inducing wedding rom-com. It does have some cliches — finding a new love after getting dumped, somehow ruining the wedding cake, and awkward wedding speeches (this one involves Romeo & Juliet) — but for the most part there are the seeds of chemistry between this disparate souls.
Watch the trailer below:
As you can glean from the footage, Kendrick plays Eloise, the ex-maid of honor of this particular ceremony who was jilted by her boyfriend’s text message break-up. She now finds herself at dumped at the reject table. Robinson puts it perfectly, “I can smell the toilets from here. That’s how well we know the bride and groom.” Thankfully, Squibb and her eccentric hat are there to inject some meaning into this life moment.
Directed by Jeffrey Blitz, who helmed episodes of Parks and Recreation and The Office, Table 19 also features Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies), Amanda Crew (Silicon Valley), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street). Add in screenwriters Jay and Mark Duplass, and there’s already a lot going for the film.
Table 19 is scheduled to hit theaters on January 20, 2017. Here’s the plot synopsis:
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.