4.9/10
6,649
56 user 19 critic

The Pallbearer (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 3 May 1996 (USA)
A young man's life is thrown into a loop when he is asked to be a pallbearer for the funeral of a classmate he doesn't remember, and his old high school crush temporarily returns to town.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Jesse and Jen are married. And split up the night before their old pals' annual Halloween party. They go, and it's a mess. Instead of celebrating life and career successes, the four early-... See full summary »

Director: Josiah Signor
Stars: Gregory Perri, Amelia Martin, Christopher J. Domig
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

West Los Angeles - home of the young, rich and hip. It is also home to twenty-five year old Zachary "Zeus" Andrews. Transplanted from Chicago as a kid, Zeus never fit into the hip LA ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Rosten
Stars: George Katt, Danny Trejo, Caroline Macey
Alienated II (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After seeing a UFO, a man and his skeptical wife are forced to confront their relationship issues.

Director: Brian Ackley
Stars: George Katt, Jen L. Burry, Taylor Negron
Percentage (2014)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In Miami, two hustlers on the run set up a credit fraud operation that soon attracts the attention from the police and the city's top criminals.

Director: Alex Merkin
Stars: Cam'ron, Omar Gooding, Ving Rhames
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A detective works to solve a case involving a young deaf boy and a web site that's run out of a home that once belonged to a serial killer.

Director: Alex Merkin
Stars: Terrence Howard, Peter Fonda, George Katt
Turnabout I (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A troubled man survives a suicide attempt. He calls an old friend to rescue him in the middle of the night. Their journey is just beginning, and by daybreak, a tragedy will surface.

Director: E.B. Hughes
Stars: George Katt, Waylon Payne, Peter Greene
Hitman's Run (1999)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A former mob hitman, now in witness protection, is forced to come out of retirement when his family is threatened by his cohorts. He teams up with a skateboarding kid, who has a computer ... See full summary »

Director: Mark L. Lester
Stars: Eric Roberts, Esteban Powell, C. Thomas Howell
In the Gray (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Undercover narcotics officer Yancy is always faced with difficult decision-making when it comes to his work, but the lines become even more blurred when other factors come in to play. His ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Holloway
Stars: George Katt, Lee Arenberg, Chad Lindberg
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Three friends struggle to maintain their hedonistic lifestyles as they approach 30. Delving into their story, we become subjected to their inane theories, absurd philosophies and warped sense of humor.

Director: Chris Kiros
Stars: George Katt, Tiffany Shepis, Clayton Stocker Myers
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When the coffin of Etta Rose Callahan, a charismatic dance student, is uprooted from the earth after days of rain, the small college town of Remington is haunted with questions involving ... See full summary »

Director: J. Michael Whalen
Stars: George Katt, Kera O'Bryon, Ian Novick
Swinger (2016)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Adam and his wife goes to their annual swingers-trip to spice up their middle class life, but meeting the young Patricia, makes up for some problems, since love and jealousy is not allowed in the swingers-club.

Director: Mikkel Munch-Fals
Stars: Martin Buch, Mille Dinesen, Rasmus Botoft
Red Sheep (2012)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Red Sheep explores the complexities and depths of subconscious emotions like jealousy, fear, rage, guilt and pride through an abstract and metaphysical kaleidoscope. After taking his own ... See full summary »

Director: Amos McKay
Stars: George Katt, Jonathan Regier, Sarah Taurchini
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Tom's Mother
...
...
Lauren
Jean De Baer ...
...
Aunt Lucille
...
Philip DeMarco
...
...
The Job Interviewer
...
Jared
Robin Morse ...
Sylvie
Tony Machine ...
The Undertaker
Edit

Storyline

Chaos unfolds as Tom is roped into being a pallbearer (and delivering the eulogy!) by the mother of a recently deceased "friend" from high school that he just can't remember. In the meantime, an unrequited love from high school (NOT the dead guy's girlfriend) reappears in his life. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Something magical is about to unfold in the most unexpected place. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amigo Desconhecido  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The roller coaster Tom and Julie ride is actually the Blue Streak, which is located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. See more »

Goofs

The legal pad Tom scripts his phone call on is yellow in medium shot and white in the closeup inserts. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Abernathy: [In restaurant, in front of Julie and her parents] So, this is Julie! Why don't you tell her, Tom, what you did to your best friend's mother?
Tom: He wasn't my best friend. I hardly knew him!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Scream 3 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Gymnopedie, I and II
Written by Erik Satie
Performed by Jeff Colella
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Often overlooked, but delightful film
23 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe it was the great, eclectic soundtrack with the likes of Django Reinhardt, Herbie Hancock, Perry Como, Curtis Mayfield, Neil Young and Richie Havens, or maybe it was the dark and subtle bits of humor that pleasantly surprised me throughout the movie, but I really enjoyed this one.

We meet Tom, a forlorn twenty-something man-child still living at home and struggling to take control of his life, played by David Schwimmer of "Friends" fame. Tom gets a call from a woman who mistakenly believes he knew her recently deceased son. He goes along with it, presumably to save her the added grief of knowing her son had no close friends. Of course, Tom's accommodating nature backfires and he's asked to give the eulogy for a man he never knew. This sets up a scene with the kind of dark humor seen throughout the movie that audiences are either delighted with or immediately turned off by.

At the funeral, Tom meets Julie, his unrequited high school crush, played with genuine emotion and winsome grace by Gwyneth Paltrow. Thus begins two relationships that play out over the duration of the film --one with Grace, the bereft mother of the friend Tom never had, played by Barbara Hershey, and the other with Julie.

Yes, this movie owes much, in terms of plot and characters, to "The Graduate," with Hershey playing the counterpart to Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson. But it turns out to be much more than just an update of the '60s classic. The audience really gets to know the inner turmoil both Tom and Julie are going through -- Tom, both for the guilt of becoming unwittingly involved with Grace, and for also being involved with Julie at the same time, and Julie, for being torn between striking out on her own to escape her overbearing parents and getting into a deep relationship with Tom.

There are a couple of sideplots going on with Tom's friends -- Michael Rapaport's character getting married to a woman his friends don't like, and Michael Vardan's married character, making a move on Julie, which obviously infuriates Tom. And Carol Kane as Tom's mom, is precious. In one scene, he is livid after she bursts into his room unannounced. After she receives a brief scolding for not knocking, she replies "I only wanted to see if you wanted some ice cream," to which he replies "A little."

Schwimmer nails the role, with his underplayed, tacit sadness about his so-far-failed attempt at making a responsible life for himself. And Paltrow, well, can she ever miss? Whether for the dark humor, spot-on acting, or superb soundtrack, this one is definitely worth a viewing.


20 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?