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The Pallbearer (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 3 May 1996 (USA)
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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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Matt Reeves
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Schwimmer ... Tom Thompson
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Julie DeMarco
Michael Rapaport ... Brad Schorr
Toni Collette ... Cynthia
Carol Kane ... Tom's Mother
Michael Vartan ... Scott
Bitty Schram ... Lauren
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ... Suzanne DeMarco
Elizabeth Franz ... Aunt Lucille
Mark Margolis ... Philip DeMarco
Barbara Hershey ... Ruth Abernathy
Edoardo Ballerini ... The Job Interviewer
Matthew Faber ... Jared
Robin Morse Robin Morse ... Sylvie
Tony Machine Tony Machine ... The Undertaker
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A comedy about life-long crushes, mistaken identity and one really bad eulogy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigo Desconhecido See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,319,236, 5 May 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,656,388, 31 December 1996
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Miramax, The Chess Club See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The roller coaster Tom and Julie ride is actually the Blue Streak, which is located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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I Shall Believe
Written by Sheryl Crow, Bill Bottrell
Performed by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Ultimately disappointing
30 July 2002 | by sychonicSee all my reviews

Maybe you need low expectations to enjoy anything about this movie--I actually had very few at all except that I remember it being called a "dark comedy"at the time of its release. Well, dark comedies can be very well done and extremely funny, Doctor Strangelove and Harold and Maude come to mind. Unfortunately "The Pallbearer" doesn't deliver--there are some moments which are undeniably funny, though the eulogy mentioned in the tag line wasn't one of them. The plot is a little thin to hang a movie on, in fact it might have been better done as an episode of "Friends," about twenty minutes could have handled the whole thing.

There's an immense amount of filler here--long, excruciating shots of David Schwimmer and his goofy expression as he tries to pretend he knows the poor loser from high school, recently deceased, that he can't remember, but is asked to act as pallbearer for.

Everyone in this movie seems to be in one form of pain or another--Paltrow keeps repeating how she "has to leave," but really doesn't explain why, in fact part of the plot seems to be her inability to explain why. Those who like romantic comedies should stay away, for those who like just plain dark comedies might want to look elsewhere as well; question is whether a couple of funny moments in an otherwise dull bleak movie is worth the time.


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