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Table For Three
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Jun 16, 2009 By: Mathew Plale
Table For Three order
Director:
Michael Samonek

Actors:
Brandon Routh
Jesse Bradford
Sophia Bush

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The newly-single Scott (Routh) takes residence with a seemingly perfect couple (Bradford, Bush). Too bad they won't butt out of his private life...
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Scott has just proposed. His would-be fiancée has just thrown up off a rooftop and broken up with him. His roommate has just left for Germany. Now heartbroken (we know this because he’s grown a beard) and living in an empty apartment, Scott places an ad in the paper for someone to share his moroseness and, more importantly, the rent.

Enter Ryan (Jesse Bradford, Swimfan) and Mary (Sophia Bush, TV‘s “One Tree Hill“), a Stepford couple who offer to look out for Scott and make sure he doesn’t rush into anything serious too soon. They’re always chipper, fix gourmet brunches (with pineapple!), and make sure Scott doesn‘t drunk-dial his ex. But they also roleplay (something about Geronimo and wampum?), eavesdrop on Scott’s phone conversations, and take photos of him while he’s sleeping. They would make good serial killers.

Their antics--from interrupting a private dress rehearsal of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to throwing the world’s worst birthday bash--make it impossible for Scott’s romance with new girl Leslie (Jennifer Morrison, TV‘s “House M.D.”), who also has a habit of rushing things with new beaus, to bloom. And that’s just their plan. Only they can be happy, even if they really aren’t.

Writer/director Michael Samonek’s askew Table for Three sets itself up as the kind of sitcom where the supporting characters get to have all of the fun while the lead, a handsome coulda-been, merely recites his lines. It’s, more than anything, a showcase for Bradford and Bush, who motor their way through a rousing game of one-upmanship for 93 minutes in between Routh’s ineptness and the apparently endless music montages (three in the first 20 minutes!).

In the film‘s closing scenes, Ryan and Mary take their van back home. But I’d like to think they’re embarking on a cross-country road trip, picking up hapless single men in each state and cutting their limbs off along the way. That would make a great movie. Funnier and more charming, at least.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Michael Samonek: Samonek shares with listeners all of the behind-the-scenes info they could possibly want, noting shooting locations, the cast and their characters, and more. Awfully generic, but could be a good listen for some.

Three’s a Crowd (29:31): Again, generic. Interviews (with Samonek and the primary cast) and clips guide us through the behind-the-scenes of Table For Three.

Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Table For Three has an interesting premise, but ultimately--due in part to both writer/director Michael Samonek and star Brandon Routh--rarely delivers. The real scene stealers here are Jesse Bradford and Sophia Bush as the psychotic Ryan and Mary, who (it should be said) can easily run the risk of irritating viewers to the point of pressing 'Stop.'
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