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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.

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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

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

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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3 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Amigo Desconhecido  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Both Michael Rapaport (Brad Schorr) and Michael Vartan (Scott) did guest spots ended on Friends which starred David Schwimmer (Tom Thompson). See more »

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When the mother is making instant coffee, the jar label is turned between shots. See more »

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Brad Schorr: Did you have sex with the dead guy's mother?
Tom: Don't make a big deal out of it!
Brad Schorr: Did you tell Scott?
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Written by Jerry Merrick
Performed by Richie Havens
Courtesy of Polydor Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Very good film that has been incorrectly advertised as a light-hearted comedy
12 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The DVD cover to this film describes it as "wildly entertaining." I find this characterization "wildly" inappropriate. Although it does have its comedic moments at the beginning (the funeral scenes are reminiscent of "The Big Chill" and the "Chuckles the Clown" episode of "Mary Tyler Moore, the film smoothly evolves into a poignant story of Tom Thompson's(Schwimmer)search for the meaning of his life. He is hindered in part by his inability to get past an unrequited love in high school (played by Paltrow). Schwimmers's body language is so in tune to the emptiness of his character. His journey reminds me, once again of another film - Benjamin Braddock in "The Graduate. Tom has three friends who give the appearance of having figured things out, but demonstrate their own frailties before the film is done. Barbara Hershey, in the role of the mother of the deceased, initially earns no sympathy, but by end of the film, there is more understanding, of if not empathy her character. (By the way, I mean no criticism in comparing this film or its characters to other film.)

Don't see this film if you're looking for a light-hearted comedy. It's not "Friends" or "Shallow Hall." It's a thoughtful film with an especially sweet performance by David Schwimmer.


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