Mostly, however, what you get is six characters in search of a cringe-comedy that can cohere around them.
In the end "Table 19" feels a little like the kind of wedding toast made by a not-very-good friend - long on time-filling cliches, short on specifics, and still going on long after you've started checking your watch.
Matt Zoller Seitz
It's worth seeing for its performances, though-in particular Merchant's. His ostrich walk and deadpan line deliveries are a continual source of delight.
RSVP: Decline with regret.
"Table 19" is like being stuck at the worst table at a bad wedding.
Slight even by the wafer-thin standards of the wedding rom-com genre, writer-director Jeffrey Blitz's Table 19 offers a couple of mild chuckles, six actors who've all been far better elsewhere, and a mercifully brief running time.
This comedy about the random losers stuck together at a wedding reception actually, uncannily, creates an experience as dull, awkward and excruciating as the thing it mocks.
Comedy and drama are toggled like a light switch, and the off-again/on-again flipping keeps Table 19 from getting any kind of flow going.
Slapstick and sap vie for prominence in "Table 19," a comedy so lazy that it actually features someone falling off a log.