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One interesting aspect of the film is its treatment of death. You don't always expect to have any serious message coming from a comedy, but EULOGY has one. While everyone has come to this funeral on the pretense of mourning their father, the occasion becomes a time for them all to mourn their own lives and failures. It is a natural message enough: obviously, a death in the family makes one painfully aware of one's own mortality. However, there is something added in this film. No one seems to be truly sorry to see the old man go, except the granddaughter who seems to have a distorted view of him. Perhaps, the fact that they have all gathered to "honor" the death of a man they did not openly love forces them to realize the lack of love and connection they have in their own lives. Will we be mourned at the end of our lives?
Now, I am not trying to sift EULOGY for some deep meaning or message. But hidden behind all of the comedy and the hilarious (and absurd) dialogue, there is some real emotion to be had in these scenes. Having not expected any, I was surprised and pleased by the end result.Read more ›
Eldest son, Skip Collins is anything but lovable. With lawyer with a dour face and personality to match, if he ever smiled his face would crack. And making his family even more blessed, he has two obnoxious twin sons that give new meaning to the term "hell on wheels." Daniel is a wannabe actor whose biggest claim to fame is one peanut butter commercial he did as a child. Seems now the only work he can grab is as a wannabe porn star. Daughter Lucy brings the shock factor to the table when she arrives with her lesbian lover (and provides even more fuel for the comic fodder) while eldest daughter, control freak Alice does her usual best at trying to run the show and all the while wishing she was "anywhere here." And let's not forget Grandma who herself has a bit of a suicidal streak. Rounding out the brood are the various spouses and grandchildren, especially Katie, who was the apple of her grandfather's eye.Read more ›
Eulogy is, however, a film that is highly recommended. There are some truly memorable scenes, as well as some great performances from seasoned actors committed to creating memorable characters. First time director and writer Michael Clancy appears able to bring out the best in his cast and director of photography Michael Chapman (who has worked on such films as Raging Bull and Kindergarten Cop), contributes greatly to the aesthetically pleasing "look" of the film, which never intrudes in such a way as to compromise the actors' performances.
When Kate Collins (Zooey Deschanel) and her father Daniel (Hank Azaria) visit the family home for the funeral of Daniel's father and Kate's grandfather, Kate's grandmother Charlotte (Piper Laurie) asks her granddaughter to deliver the eulogy. The fact that none of Edmund Collins' children are chosen for the task, reveals their mother's realisation that a dysfunctional family has been raised. Her suicide attempts do nothing but act as a catalyst which heightens the tension and helps set the stage for an exploration of both the lunacy and the wonder that often invades and defines families.
Hank Azaria, most recently of Simpson's fame (the voice behind Moe Slezak, Chief Clancy Wiggum and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, among others) heads a cast of characters which includes Debra Winger, Ray Romano, Piper Laurie, Famke Jansen and Rip Torn.Read more ›
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Whoa I wasn't expecting Eulogy to be so consistently funny and awesome! This is a really mean-spirited, dirty, immature, disrespectful and zany type of comedy that won't be for... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Bryan
Funny, quirky, very original story, I could watch this movie over and over.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
this movie is so weird! But especially now that its kind of dated, its even better!Published 3 months ago by Adam B.
Funny movie reflecting the idiosyncrasies and dysfunction found in some families.Published 3 months ago by BDH
Ray is great ! Along w the rest of the cast. Very sad but funny sad.Published 3 months ago by emmalee talamantes
This is really nothing to write home about. Despite the inclusion of some decent actors, they really don't have a lot of material to work with. It is embarassingly dated. Read morePublished 3 months ago by H. Cross
Great cast--I enjoyed this movie. Good to see Debra Winger back in acting.Published 3 months ago by repFlorida