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Eulogy

Year: 2005
Director: Michael Clancy
Writer: Michael Clancy
Cast: Hank Azaria, Debra Winger, Rip Torn, Zooey Deschanel, Jesse Bradford, Famke Janssen, Roy Romano, Kelly Preston, Glenne Headley, Piper Laurie, Rene Auberjonois
As black as a comedy can get and still be mainstream enough to be accessible. The atypical dysfunctional family comes to house of the family matriarch where their father/grandfather (Torn) has died.

Amid a lesbian daughter whom her older sister just can't accept, the divorced dad with twins who are ten going on forty, the former child star turned porn actor, a seemingly together grandmother who's in fact determined to bump herself off and the nurse/childhood friend of the family and cute Katie (Deshcanel), there's plenty of material to portray this group of disparate and completely incompatible people.

Katie is asked to write her grandfather's eulogy in the middle of it all, at the same time trying to bring back to life the romance that began and ended in embarrassment the previous summer with her childhood friend.

Most of the comedy is crowd-friendly, such as the attempted lighting of the coffin in the local lake, and the priest who overzealously breaks down trying to give the funeral service even though he's admitted he didn't even know the man, and the blackness is more or less grey, but it's a good, inoffensive time and a pleasure to watch the (for some reason) captivatingly beautiful Deschanel with Goth-like black hair and pale eyes.

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