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The Pallbearer


Roger Davidson

Pallbearer, The
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For a film that has been promoted as a comedy, it has way too many serious undertones that get in the way of the humor. Friends' David Schwimmer stars as a young loser, who is asked to be a pallbearer at the funeral of a man he doesn't remember. Apparently they were high school buddies, but on this particular memory Schwimmer's mind is a blank. He then gets romantically involved with his best friend's mother (Barbara Hershey), who is constantly mourning her son's death. He also gets involved (not so romantically at first) with a girl (Gwyneth Paltrow) he had a crush on in high school. Things become complicated as he's trying to juggle the two relationships with Hershey and Paltrow.

This tepid comedy barely has any funny scenes in it. Schwimmer is fine, but is basically playing the same character he plays on Friends. Paltrow and Hershey are given absolutely nothing to do, and the story is almost a complete rip-off of The Graduate, a far superior movie. However, Michael Rappaport (always good for a laugh) is very funny as Schwimmer's slightly odd buddy. If you want to relive the experience of The Graduate, then rent the original movie.

My Rating = Two Stars

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