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A black comedy that follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch - unveiling a litany of family secrets and covert relationships.

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Cast

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Daniel Collins
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Ryan Carmichael
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Samantha
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Charlotte Collins
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Edmund Collins
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Delilah the Neighbor
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Commercial Dad
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Young Daniel
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Storyline

When three generations of a dysfunctional family gather in Rhode Island to bury the family patriarch, members of the Collins clan are at each other's throats in no time. Son Daniel is a secret porn actor, and daughter Lucy is a lesbian. Lucy totes along her lover Judy to the outrage of Lucy's aggressively neurotic sister Alice, whose hysterical overreaction to the pair's marriage plans ought to tell everyone something. Rounding out the delightful crowd are dim brother Skip, whose unfailingly rude twin sons offer caustic commentary on their elders' infantile predilections; matriarchal widow Charlotte, who becomes so justifiably distraught at the insanity of her children she tries to commit suicide; and Kate, a confused but comely college freshman who juggles preparation of the eulogy with internal debate over what to do with her childhood friend-turned-suitor, Ryan. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A comedy that puts the *fun* back in funeral. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »
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26 September 2004 (Greece)  »

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3 familier og 1 begravelse  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,788 (USA) (15 October 2004)

Gross:

$70,527 (USA) (22 October 2004)
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Trivia

The setting where the family reunion took place was Rhode Island in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations which is a state in the New England region of the United States of America. The place where the picture was actually filmed was in Los Angeles, California, USA. See more »

Goofs

In the breakfast scene after Alice and Samantha's relationship has become known: As Judy asks Kate "Where is she?", Lucy puts the knife down from her right hand. Then in the next shot, she puts the knife down again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kate Collins: [practicing out loud] Hey, you don't know me... I don't know you...
Kate Collins: [narration] Twice in my life I've had to deliver bad news to someone I'd never met. The first time involved a cat that ran out in the middle of my driver's test. This time was a bit trickier.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see Lucy and Judy's wedding party. Alice makes a toast and then hands the microphone to Skip, who tries to tell a "lesbian joke" before being attacked by Lucy and Judy, who clobber him with the mike. See more »

Connections

References S1m0ne (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Doctor My Eyes
Written by Jackson Browne
Published by Open Window Music and Criterion/Atlantic Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Paula Cole
Paula Cole appears Courtesy of Imago/Warner Bros. Records
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Years later and it's still funny....
14 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No spoilers here. Regardless of what others say, the film is great. It's creative and brilliant. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes intelligent, witty irony with a twist of twisted thrown in for good measure. Zooey Deschanel delivers an amazing performance. The characters are deeply disturbed in enduring and charming ways. Black humor is a beautiful thing and they did a wonderful job of getting laughs from a macabre situation.

The cast of character actors rounds out a well-written film. Ray Romano and Hank Azaria deliver priceless performances. Generally kid actors are more noise than comedy, but in this flick the kids have been given primo comedy. Rene Auberjenois' cameo was a bonus.


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