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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.

Director:

Michael Clancy

Writer:

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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Country:

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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Technical Specs

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 Pinocchio (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Comet
Written by Adrianne, Anne Preven, and Scott Cutler
Performed by Adrianne
Used by Permission of Mosaic Music Publishing LLC
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Review by Adrienne Urbanski
23 December 2004 | by seniorcinefileSee all my reviews

Film Review: EULOGY

Directed & Written by: Michael Clancy. Produced by: Steven Haft, Richard B. Lewis & Kirk D'Amico. Director of Photography: Michael Chapman. Edited by: Richard Halsey. Music by: George S. Clinton. Released by: Lions Gate. Country of Origin: USA/UK/Germany. 85 min. Rated: R. With: Hank Azaria, Zooey Deschanel, Glenne Headly, Piper Laurie, Kelly Preson, Ray Romano, Rip Torn & Debra Winger.

It takes a much more dire occasion than a holiday to force the Collins family together. The death of Grandpa Collins (Rip Torn) finally brings the embittered family members under the same roof. Kate (Zooey Deschanel) and her has-been actor father (Hank Azaria) find themselves stuck with Uncle Skip (Ray Romano), a sleazy lawyer who has raised two sons so equally vulgar that their own mother has abandoned them. His sister Lucy (Kelly Preston) arrives with her lesbian lover Judy, announcing they're to wed; this sets off uptight Aunt Alice (Debra Winger) on a rampage. The family's bickering turns into an all-out brawl, with every possible insult and betrayal coming out of the wood work. And as if the constant feuding weren't enough, Grandma Collins (Piper Laurie) seems bent on offing herself with increasingly creative methods. By the time the funeral rolls around the plot has taken dozens of bizarre twists.

Rich with laugh-inducing dialogue and eccentric characters, this is a madcap comedy at its blackest. Ray Romano proves to be funnier as a slimy creep than as his nice-guy sitcom persona, and deadpan Zooey Deschanel shines as the film's central character. The cast as a whole makes the careful balance of comedic timing and delivery seem like second nature. While the film often falls short on logic, it succeeds in laughs.


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