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Eulogy (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  24 February 2005 (Australia)
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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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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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Girl in Dorm Room
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Girl in Dorm Room
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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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24 February 2005 (Australia)  »

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3 familier og 1 begravelse  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$70,527 (USA) (22 October 2004)
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Dedicated to John L. Black. See more »

Goofs

When Kate and Ryan are walking along the country road after Kate says "I'm sorry you had to see my Grandmother like that": Ryan says "I've never seen anyone like that", Kate squats and puts her hands to her face. Then, her face is uncovered. 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 Unfaithful (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Love & Affection
Words and Music by Joan Armatrading (as Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading)
Copyright © Rondor Music (London) Ltd.
Administered by Irving Music, Inc.
Performed by Debra Winger
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They're Not The Fockers, But They're Funny, Too!
25 February 2005 | by (Calimesa, California) – See all my reviews

Eulogy is centered around the death of a family patriarch, Edmund Collins (Rip Torn). After the death comes the funeral, which is where this story takes place, from the time of his death up until the funeral, where this quite dysfunctional family has to live together for the next few days. An ordinary cast could not have done the job that this one did. They turned what seemed to be a regular movie into a pretty funny movie. I guess it was supposed to be a dark comedy, but it was not all that dark to me. The character development was quite good, for a movie that featured so many key players, it manages to let you get to know just about everyone pretty well.

Kate Collins (Zooey Deschanel) is the granddaughter of Edmund and is asked by her grandmother to deliver the eulogy, something she was hesitant about doing, considering she really knew very little about the man. Despite her constant asking, her family could not come up with any nice stories about her grandfather to tell. Zooey is pretty much the straight (wo)man in this comedy.

Daniel Collins (Hank Azaria) is Edmund's son and Kate's father. Daniel was a child actor whose big fame came when he coined a catch phrase in a peanut butter commercial, making him Edmund's favorite son. He and Skip Collins (Ray Romano) were my favorite characters.

Skip Collins is Edmund's son and Kate's uncle. Skip was the son who was always trying to get his father's attention and felt he was the unloved one because of Daniel's success. He was probably the funniest character in the movie, along with his twin sons and Daniel.

The twin sons of Skip are named Fred and Ted Collins (Curtis and Keith Garcia). They are at that age where pretty much everything turns them on, so when their aunt and her "lifemate" showed up, it was all fun for them.

There are many more characters and dysfunctional family situations here that I could not get to them all in a short review, but this movie turned out better than I would have thought and is worth watching at least once. 7/10


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