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Anna Kendrick waits on 'Table 19,' but it isn't worth her time or yours

Anna Kendrick waits on 'Table 19,' but it isn't worth her time or yours

The comic bit that kicks off “Table 19” finds a young woman named Eloise (Anna Kendrick) agonizing over her oldest friend’s wedding invitation. She checks “no” on the RSVP card. Then she scratches it out and marks “yes” instead. Then she sets fire to the damn thing. Then she mails it in anyway, burnt edges and all.

Amusing as it may sound on paper — or on charred, cream-colored card stock — you can already sense that Kendrick, one of the smartest actresses around, is playing well beneath her abilities. The movie is choking on fumes before it’s even had the chance to begin.

Eloise was once supposed to be the wedding’s maid of honor until she was rudely dumped via text...

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