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Eulogy (2004)

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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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Michael Clancy

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Michael Clancy

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hank Azaria ... Daniel Collins
Jesse Bradford ... Ryan Carmichael
Zooey Deschanel ... Kate Collins
Glenne Headly ... Samantha
Famke Janssen ... Judy Arnolds
Piper Laurie ... Charlotte Collins
Kelly Preston ... Lucy Collins
Ray Romano ... Skip Collins
Rip Torn ... Edmund Collins
Debra Winger ... Alice Collins
Micole Mercurio ... Delilah the Neighbor
Lucy Boyle Lucy Boyle ... Girl in Dorm Room
Tania Gunadi ... Girl in Dorm Room
Kevin Ruf Kevin Ruf ... Commercial Dad
Alex Moore Alex Moore ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2004 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

3 familier og 1 begravelse See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,788, 17 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,527, 24 October 2004
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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Skip Collins (Ray Romano)'s sons pester Judy Arnolds (Famke Janssen), the book Judy is reading is "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole. A film based on one of Toole's books, The Neon Bible (1995) had been made and released about nine year's previous around just under a decade earlier. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 Sweet Home Alabama (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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They're Not The Fockers, But They're Funny, Too!
25 February 2005 | by BigHardcoreRedSee 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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