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The Pallbearer 1999 PG-13 CC

(56) IMDb 4.9/10
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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:
David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Matt Reeves
Starring David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow
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
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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 A Customer on February 10, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wiseguy945 on March 19, 2007
Format: DVD
A little far fetched, and based around some dishonesty, but not bad. I guess I have more of a concience and would have said something up front than drag it out as Tom thompsen (David Schimmer) did, but at first I can understand him being polite in a time of grief. The main storyline of this film is Tom is asked to be a pallbearer at a high school classmates funeral. Unfortunately, Tom nor any of his friends can remember this guy. Along the way, another high school aquaintence (gwenith paltrow) come into the film as Tom's dream girl. As tom persues his dream woman, he soon finds himself entangled in wierd situation with the mother of the poor departed. The movie takes off there. I don't think this movie was ever ment to be a laugh out loud comedy, but it has some funny moments and serious ones as well. I actually enjoyed it, and I don't really care for David schwimmer, and I hate the show friends. So check it out, not to shabby.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I thought this movie was very well put together. Unlike the other reviewers I was told about this movie first, and was not expecting a funny movie, but a sad one;which is why I enjoyed it. I think that this movie didn't do very well (even though it should have) because in the commercials it was portrayed as a humorous film, which it was the exact opposite. So people who saw this movie excpected a funny movie, but didn't get one. But I think that this movie was very good, and I loved the actors that were picked.
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