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The Pallbearer

The Pallbearer (1996)

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60

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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17

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Average Rating: 2.3/5
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Movie Info

This dark comedy is a clever homage to classic generation gap comedies such as The Graduate (1967), The Last Picture Show (1971) and The Big Chill (1983), filtered through an ironic Generation X lens. Tom Thompson (David Schwimmer) is unemployed and aimless, hovering between childhood and adult responsibilities. A year out of college, Tom can't land a decent job -- he still lives with his mother in Brooklyn. He receives a call from Ruth Abernathy (Barbara Hershey), who informs Tom that her son

PG-13,

Comedy

Apr 3, 2001

Miramax

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (11) | DVD (2)

Oh God! Who told David Schwimmer he could act???

August 12, 2005
7M Pictures

Nice little rip-off of 'The Graduate.' Actually holds up on its own.

March 5, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Not as bad as the title might suggest, maybe a bit too dark a comedy for most audiences. However, it still has some comedic blank spots.

September 13, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Pallbearer

Cast: David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carol Kane, Toni Collette, Michael Rapaport, Barbara Hershey, Bitty Schram

Director: Matt Reeves

Summary: When Ruth Abernathy (Barbara Hershey) mistakes Tom Thompson (David Schwimmer) for someone else, Thompson ends up becoming a pallbearer at the funeral of her son -- a former high school classmate he doesn't even remember. Despite the fact that he's unemployed and living with his parents, Thompson convinces his old crush (Gwyneth Paltrow) to go out with him. Meanwhile, a sexual relationship develops between Thompson and Mrs. Abernathy.

My Thoughts: "It's a mix of a comedy and a drama. David Schwimmer plays Tom Thompson, who is a push over. He feels obligated to do anything for anyone when he doesn't want to. But to spare their feelings, he does it anyway. His love interest Julie, is the same way. The story is interesting and you get involved with the characters, especially David's. You watch him kinda grow up in the film. He is 25, jobless, and living at home with his mother and sleeping in bunk beds. By the end of the film you feel like he has grown and matured into an adult. Great job by Matt Reeves. It's a movie worth seeing at least once."
November 18, 2010
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Case of mistaken identity.
July 14, 2007
thmtsang
Candy Rose

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The story is pretty limited and doesn't really go anywhere.
October 25, 2008
SunilJawahir

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A hilarious film.
November 9, 2007
iLeo
Leo L

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