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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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Schwimmer was so busy filming the mock that he missed his Friends (1994) co-star Lisa Kudrow's wedding. See more »

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

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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!
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Written by Rick James & Alonzo Miller
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Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L. P.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Simple, but nice
16 February 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The Pallbearer will be compared with The Graduate. A graduate (Tom, played by David Schwimmer), only one year later, has an affair with an older woman. She is the mother of a dead guy named Bill. Tom did not know Bill but the mother thinks he was his best friend. He plays along. The affair starts but Tom is really in love with a younger girl named Julie (Gwyneth Paltrow). So far this is a lot like The Graduate and in my opinion this wasn't a good part of the movie although it had its funny scenes.

The comparison with The Graduate holds on in the main plot-line may be, but The Pallbearer takes a different way in the way it is shown to us. I liked how the movie developed from that moment on. Especially the ending is well-chosen.

David Schwimmer was a better lead than I expected, he wasn't that bad. Most funny scenes were happening because of him. Gwyneth Paltrow was lovely and for me she made sure I liked the movie a little more. It is not very good but it has a couple of good laughs, a nice story and a nice chemistry between Schwimmer and Paltrow.


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