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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 overview, first billed only:
Daniel Collins
Ryan Carmichael
Charlotte Collins
Edmund Collins
Micole Mercurio ...
Delilah the Neighbor
Girl in Dorm Room
Girl in Dorm Room
Kevin Ruf ...
Commercial Dad
Alex Moore ...
Young Daniel


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

26 September 2004 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

3 familier og 1 begravelse  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Winona Ryder was initially attached to this movie. See more »


In the scene where Charlotte, Lucy, Alice and Daniel are driving home from the funeral home, Charlotte opens the door and jumps out. The van is a Dodge Caravan and has sliding doors. The interior door handles consist of a grip handle with a button on it to slide open the door. When she slides it open, it is clearly seen that she doesn't press the button on the grip, and yet, she was able to open it. See more »


[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 »


References The Tuxedo (2002) See more »


Blues for Stu
Written and Performed by Robb Navrides
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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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