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One dead patriarch, one deliciously dysfunctional family, and one wickedly funny irreverent comedy! When three generations of a deliciously dysfunctional family gather to bury the family patriarch, the beloved granddaughter of the deceased is given the task of delivering the eulogy. In the days leading up to the funeral, family secrets are revealed, old grudges resurface and the household erupts with renewed vigor. Eulogy is ultimately a heartwarming portrait of a houseful of misfits celebrating the strangest and most enduring bond of all.

A spirited ensemble cast keeps things cooking in Eulogy, a black comedy about a gathering of the dysfunctional Collins family following the death of its prickly patriarch (Rip Torn). Zooey Deschanel plays granddaughter Kate, struggling to fulfill the old man's last wish that she write his eulogy. Meanwhile, her dad (Hank Azaria), a has-been actor, smokes pot in the dark and referees battles between his seamy brother Skip (Ray Romano), lesbian sister Lucy (Kelly Preston) and her lover Judy (Famke Janssen), caustic sibling Alice (Debra Winger), and suicidal mother Charlotte (Piper Laurie). Confused about her loyalties, poor Kate alternately runs to and from best friend Ryan (Jesse Bradford), who wants to become her lover, while Alice--super-critical of Lucy's sexuality--fails to keep secret her own fling with a nurse (Glenne Headly). Eulogy never quite reaches full boil, but there are many funny moments, and Deschanel, Romano, and Preston are particularly watchable. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Ray Romano, Jesse Bradford, Hank Azaria, Rip Torn, Zooey Deschanel
  • Directors: Michael Clancy
  • Writers: Michael Clancy
  • Producers: Andreas Thiesmeyer, Bo Hyde, Daniel Baur, Gerd Koechlin, Jeanne Van Cott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Z2LGU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eulogy" on IMDb

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Sanderman VINE VOICE on April 23, 2005
Format: DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed watching EULOGY, a dark comedy about a family who is reunited when the male patriarch of the family passes away. To be honest, when I saw the cast and the well-trodden plot description, I was not expecting anything stellar. But the film exceeded my expectations and manages to find some breathing room and originality in its short 91 minutes. The plot of EULOGY, as every reviewer has described, is not complex. Director Michael Clancy manages to pull you into the dysfunctional lives of these characters and let you be a fly on the wall to their hilarious and ridiculous fights.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By debbie lynn elias on February 16, 2005
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Newcomer Michael Clancy makes his debut as writer-director with one of the darkest, and funniest, comedies of the year, "Eulogy." The premise is simple - three generations come together for the funeral of the family patriarch. Grandpa has just passed and the clan gathers at Grandma's house to prepare for the ceremonious occasion and, of course, to write the eulogy. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much of a positive nature to be said about Gramps; actually, there doesn't seem to be too much to be said of a positive nature about anyone in the family. Just ask them! And it's this delectable portrayal of multi-generational dysfunctional bickering, secrets, backstabbing, finger-pointing and one-upsmanship that makes this film work. (Did Clancy visit my family recently? I wonder.)

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Herb Haigh on May 28, 2004
I haven't laughed this hard since "Blazing Saddles". Truly a unique, and very funny movie. Whoever you are, you owe it to yourself to go see this flick, once twice, three times and every once in awhile for life. It is destined to be a classic. One word of caution, don't bring the kids unless they are old enough to vote.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Literature Reviewer on May 26, 2005
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When people think about their favourite film, they will usually recall in particular, one scene or one line of dialogue or in rare cases, the power of one particular shot. Rarely, if ever, is continuity mentioned. A film's smoothness and "flow" is very important however, and is the main thing that excludes (Eulogy) from being viewed as a great film.

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.
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