Eulogy (2004)

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Writer/director Michael Clancy makes his feature film debut with the black comedy Eulogy. Zooey Deschanel plays Kate Collins, an unhappy college student who is made even more unhappy when her grandfather (Rip Torn) dies. Even though the entire family hates each other, they reunite at the home of Grandma Collins (Piper Laurie). Among other family members, Kate observes a war between her washed-up actor dad, Daniel (Hank Azaria); her lesbian Aunt Lucy (Kelly Preston); her wound-up Uncle Skip (Ray Romano); and her strict Aunt Alice (Debra Winger). Tensions escalate and family secrets are ultimately revealed. Kate is also inundated with the eulogy-writing duties, as she's the only one capable of such a task. Meanwhile, she reunites with old flame Ryan Carmichael (Jesse Bradford). Eulogy premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.
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Cast

Zooey Deschanel
as Kate Collins
Hank Azaria
as Daniel Collins
Jesse Bradford
as Ryan Carmichael
Glenne Headly
as Samantha
Piper Laurie
as Charlotte Collins
Kelly Preston
as Lucy Collins
Ray Romano
as Skip Collins
Rip Torn
as Edmund Collins
Debra Winger
as Alice Collins
Micole Mercurio
as Delilah, Barbara Collins' Neighbor
Curtis Garcia
as Fred Collins
Keith Garcia
as Ted Collins
Lucy Gunadi
as Girl In Dormroom
Lana Novac
as Lace
Kevin Ruf
as Commercial Dad
Alex Moore
as Young Daniel
Lucy Boyle
as Girl In Dormroom
Allisyn Ashley Arm
as Collins' Daughter
Michael Panes
as Adult Film Director
Michael Chapman
as Adult Film Cameraman
Vincent Castellanos
as Adult Film Director
Lisa Maris
as Adult Film Actress
Rocco Sisto
as District Attorney
Denise Dowse
as Judge Welsh
Matthew Feder
as Alice's Silent Son
Jordan Moen
as Alice's Silent Daughter
Natasha Sheridan
as Yount Kate
Rance Howard
as Lance Sommers
Paget Brewster
as Aunt Lily
Mary Schmidtberger
as Hostess At Restaurant
Emma Chapman
as Ryan's Date
Brandon Waters
as Young Ryan At 5
Monica Esswein
as Young Kate At 8
Aaron Salazar
as Young Ryan At 8
Shaunci Trammel
as Young Kate At 11
Ward Stearns
as Young Ryan At 11
Sara Botsford
as Mrs. Carmichael
John Lafayette
as Doctor Rice
Brian Posehn
as Video Store Clerk
Eric Peirpoint
as Mr. Carmichael
Sherman Howard
as Funeral Director
Claudette Nevins
as Barbara Collins
John La Fayette
as Doctor Rice
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Critic Reviews for Eulogy

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (9)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Eulogy is dead on arrival.

October 20, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
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When a filmmaker is savvy enough to hire Torn to play an eccentric codger, then has him do little more than play dead in a casket, he has a lot of learning to do.

October 15, 2004
New York Daily News
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That Eulogy has any laughs is largely a testament to the understated Romano -- he and Deschanel are the only ones in the cast who aren't straining to be funny.

October 15, 2004
New York Post
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Romano's caveman-ish line readings are perfectly pitched.

October 15, 2004
Newsday
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The terrific ensemble cast finds the right deadpan tone to deliver the dysfunction.

October 14, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Eulogy

A dysfunctional family gathers for the patriarch's funeral. With the characters' convoluted plotlines, even a trite voice over and an awkward framing narrative can't save this film. By the time I figured out who wanted what, who was related in to whom, and what the histories of all of these relationships were, I realized I didn't care about this people and they didn't care about each other. I liked Zooey Deschanel's performance; she seemed at home in the awkwardness, realizing that understatement is key to this kind of comedy. Ray Romano's goofy mustache makes it impossible to take him seriously even in his more dramatic scenes. Overall, this dramedy isn't a waste of time, but it's close.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Eulogy is one bizarre comedy that brings a lot of laughs. When the patriarch of a dysfunctional family passes on, his family gets together in the same house the funeral and all hell breaks loose. With Eulogy you have a wonderful cast that are all funny in their own way. Eulogy is one of the most original comedies to come along in a while. Eulogy has a terrific cast of well known actors such as Hank Azaria (The Simpsons) and Ray Romano (Everybody loves Raymond) Eulogy takes a sad event and makes it funny. Very funny in fact. This is actually one wacked out comedy film, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The cast did a great job and the story was just so much fun, a dysfunctional family are forced to be together to bury their father and grandfather. What could go wrong? well, everything. it's such a hilarious ride that you can't get bored. At times the film is uneven, but considering the cast involved, Eulogy is a terrific comedy that has more highs than lows. The jokes are great and theres plenty of good scenes. One things for sure, the family in the film have a strange way of being bereaved. I really enjoyed the film because it was a different type of comedy, and one that was very refreshing. Every cast member brought something great on screen, and the laughs kept coming one after another. If you haven't seen this comedy, you should. This film is very good and is much better than most mainstream comedies out there.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Totally cute. Kind of weird when Zooey, known for her quirky roles, was the normal one in this. I thought it was funny and dark. Very offbeat but loveable.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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