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Eulogy
     

Eulogy

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Director: Michael Clancy

Cast: Hank Azaria, Jesse Bradford, Zooey Deschanel

 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
UPC:
0012236171850
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
26,548

Special Features

Closed Caption; 16:9 widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital surround; 2.0 Dolby Digital; Scene index; Deleted scenes; Extended scenes; Alternate scenes; Trailers; Spanish subtitles; English closed captioning

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Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Michael Clancy Director,Screenwriter
Linda Bruchman Asst. Director
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Kirk D'Amico Producer
Marc Dabe Art Director
Lucas Foster Executive Producer
Shelly Glasser Executive Producer
Steven Haft Producer
Richard Halsey Editor
Bo Hyde Executive Producer
Stefan Jonas Co-producer
Patricia Kerrigan Casting
Gerd Koechlin Associate Producer
Richard Barton Lewis Producer
Dina Lipton Production Designer
Walter Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Marvin Score Composer
Jonas McCord Executive Producer
Kendall Morgan Executive Producer
Nancy Nayor Casting
Rory Rosegarten Executive Producer
Tracy Tynan Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeanne Van Cott Co-producer
Christopher Violette Musical Direction/Supervision
Ryan Welsch Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title / Bad News [8:01]
2. The Biggest Freaks In The Circus [5:25]
3. Cocktail Hour [5:08]
4. Little Ryan [4:32]
5. A Little Good News [4:43]
6. Rememberences and Truths [10:23]
7. Arrangements [8:47]
8. What People Say [8:29]
9. The Funeral [8:57]
10. "Surprise!" [3:16]
11. Being There Now [6:15]
12. Eulogy [4:45]
13. Closure / End Credits [6:15]

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Eulogy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. Katie has the dubious honor of overseeing the preparation of the eulogy - and on keeping tabs on her 'beloved' relatives. As the family sits around the dinner table to write the eulogy, catch up, insult, berate, try to write the eulogy, criticize, confront, antagonize and ultimately, try again to write a eulogy, we start to understand why Grandpa was so distant with his heirs and why no one can think of anything nice to say about the man. Seems Grandpa had as many secrets, if not more, than the beloved family he has left behind. Ray Romano, of whom I have never been too impressed, is perfect as Skip. So familiar as the lovable Raymond from television, he is the complete opposite here and it comes as a pleasant surprise. Hank Azaria is, as usual, over the top as he plays the part of Daniel to the hilt pushing the envelope to his most obnoxious best. A real coup was the casting of semi-retired Debra Winger as Alice whose natural freneticism makes the character even more believable. But it is Zooey Deschanel as Katie who stands out as the real winner in this ensemble. Blending a nice balance of heartfelt emotion and sincerity with the more acerbic family traits she, more than anyone else, connects most with the audience. And of course, Piper Laurie and Rip Torn as Grandma and Grandpa are beyond hysterically funny. A stellar cast, albeit seemingly overqualified for their roles at times, keep the story moving along at an enjoyable pace and deliver some classic performances with deadpan comic timing. The dichotomy of the mean-spirited family members and the serenity of the beautiful New England setting plays up to the dark comedy of the film's intent. Clancy's script, allegedly based on some of his own family experiences (hopefully, a bit over- exaggerated here) is witty to the core, and although it never quite attains the level of being a consistently dark comedy, he definitely hits the darker end of the gray scale with every utterance. Adding to the meld of dialogue and delivery, are the antics and events that provide fuel for even more cutting family wackiness and sarcasm. Who can
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