The Pallbearer (1996)

The Pallbearer



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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 … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jason Katims, Matt Reeves
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On DVD: Apr 3, 2001


as Tom Thompson

as Julie Demarco

as Ruth Abernathy

as Brad Schorr

as Tom's Mom

as Lauren

as The Job Interviewer

as Minister

as Abernathy Cousin

as Abernathy Cousin

as Abernathy Cousin

as Pallbearer

as Pallbearer

as Pallbearer

as Pallbearer

as Aunt Lucille

as Roller Coaster Rider

as Philip DeMarco

as Suzanne DeMarco

as The Other Tom

as Wedding Guest

as Wedding Guest
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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."


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Case of mistaken identity.

Candy Rose

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The story is pretty limited and doesn't really go anywhere.

Sunil Jawahir

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