The Pallbearer 1999 PG-13 CC

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Hot star David Schwimmer makes a hilarious big-screen debut in this outrageous comedy hit! As Tom Thompson, the popular star plays a befuddled college grad whose social life is practically D.O.A....that is, until he's asked to be a pallbearer at the funeral of a classmate he can't remember!

Starring:
Gwyneth Paltrow, David Schwimmer
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Matt Reeves
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, David Schwimmer
Supporting actors Michael Rapaport, Toni Collette, Carol Kane, Michael Vartan, Bitty Schram, Jean De Baer, Elizabeth Franz, Mark Margolis, Barbara Hershey, Edoardo Ballerini, Matthew Faber, Robin Morse, Tony Machine, Robert Katims, Greg Grunberg, David Vadim, Zak Orth, Kevin Corrigan
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Not a lot to say except not very good.
Princess Bride
The movie overall is a date movie and is good, but most people won't like it if they expect to laugh through the whole thing.
David R
Movie was slow and boring , wasn't that intresting to me.
Carolyn

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I have to say to those who didn't see this film - it's not a comedy at all, it's about being lonely and being sad, and about how when you live in a lonely sadness all your life, what happens when you have to change it in a moment? I thought it was lovely, the acting was perfect for the rolls, and the soundtrack added a lot to the movie.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Spike Sagal on August 19, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
For all those people who said "This wasn't funny at all": the movie is NOT a comedy! It is rather tragic story, somewhat resembling "The Graduate". And yes, it's true that characters are pathetic, disgusting, and sad. But that is often how people really are in life, and it's a good point the movie made. The ending, however, was a little awkward. I thought there was going to be more to the movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stacie L. Helsing on May 23, 2004
Format: DVD
The box advertises a hilarious movie. It was not bad, just not funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Jarmond on February 7, 2005
Format: DVD
The first time I watched this movie I was expecting an all out comedy. This is mainly due to the film's misleading ad campaign. However, despite my expectations, I found this film to be quite moving. The emotional arc the story takes is completely inverted from that of your average film. This means that the movie reaches it's peak when the viewer is at their lowest, saddest state. The story then arcs back upwards to reach a more or less rewarding resolution. If you've ever been depressed or lonely enough to find yourself relating to David Schwimmer's character here then empathy alone will pull you into the story.

If I had to pick a flaw to this film it would be that the ending is a little too hopefull. Filmmakers tend to want to wrap things up with a bow and a smile without realizing that we as viewers will accept a sad ending if it's done well. Through the course of the movie a somber tone is crafted with such skill that I desired an ending that would do justice to that mood. What comes is more of a reversal of tone that does a little bit of a disservice to all that came before. Really I'm just being critical though, in the end this is still a wonderfull movie that hasn't gotten a fair rap thanks to a blunderfull ad campaign designed to make people think this would be "Friends: The Movie" which it really isn't. Buy this DVD, you won't regret it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David R on August 3, 2002
Format: DVD
The reason I love this movie is pretty simple. The movie overall is a date movie and is good, but most people won't like it if they expect to laugh through the whole thing. Sure there are funny spots, but the movie isn't great for those. It's great for the heartwrenching scenes with David Schwimmer and Gwenyth Paltrow. Including one particular sad one when they play Sheryl Crow's "I Shall Believe." David Schwimmer and Gwenyth Paltrow dance to this. When you see the movie you'll see why this scene is more heartwrenching than it is happy. So, if you are looking for a good movie that can pull on your heartstrings as well as make you laugh occasionally with Schwimmers hyjinx, then this is a good one for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2002
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The characters reveal the exact nature which was intended by the writers, and the actors do it admirably. Tom's friends are meant to show superficiality and the actors excell in conveying that. Barbara Hershey plays a grief stricken woman attempting to deal with the sudden demise of her son. Her human fraility allows her to fall victim to her needs for human comfort and support during this very difficult time as she becomes intimately involved with David Schwimmer's Tom. Tom is the only one who feels compassion for this woman, and, in spite of his desire to separate himself from her, he defends her to his friends. This combination of humor and tragedy is discomforting for the viewer at times, and keeps one sitting on the edge of one's seat awaiting the next twist and unexpected turn of events. The confrontations and revelations of deceite are disconcerting enough to have the viewer squirming in his/her seat. In the end both the heartbroken mother and Tom come to terms with what has happened between them and make no apologizes except to acknowledge that they both needed each other, and, then they move on with their lives. It would be interesting to see where life leads them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on July 16, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I must admit that I love this movie. Released in 1999, it was one of the last movies that reflected the serious yet hopeful movies of the 90's. The dot com era had not yet gone bust. 9/11/2001 hadn't happened. Despite all of our flaws, the movie is optimistic about our ability to overcome our humanness and reach for the future. The music sets great tones for me as well. I love Neil Young.

I would characterize this as a tragic comedy. Schwimmer's character is weak and sniveling and trying to find himself after college. The other characters are also at crossroads. Gwenneth Paltrow is a bit of a caricature, but she captures magnificently the just out of reach girl and unrequited love. Her character is at a crossroads as well as Schwimmer's "other" love interest, the incomparable Barbara Hershey.

The movie is a character study with a bit of comedy thrown in to lighten the mood. It's greatest strength is in showing the brokenness that we all share. Sometimes it is funny. Sometimes it is sad. Many times it is awkward and embarrassing. Sometimes we must resign ourselves that people are going to make mistakes despite our best wishes for them. The beauty of the story is that each of the characters deal with the brokenness and lean on each other in order to get by and then move on.

I'm probably reading more into it than is there. It's not Dostoyevsky after all. But the story is entertaining. The characters are all recognizable and relatable. The music is wonderful. It's a story about 20 somethings learning how to do life. I would recommend it for that reason alone. There are plenty of movies that explore the dark side of life and leave the viewer with no hope. Those movies seem to revel in destroying expectations. This movie is simply positive. It has a hopeful tone. Give it a chance.
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