Eulogy (film)

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Eulogy (movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Clancy
Produced by Kirk D'Amico
Lucas Foster
Steven Haft
Richard Barton Lewis
Written by Michael Clancy
Starring Hank Azaria
Zooey Deschanel
Famke Janssen
Kelly Preston
Ray Romano
Debra Winger
Music by George S. Clinton
Cinematography Michael Chapman
Edited by Richard Halsey
Distributed by Lions Gate Films
Release dates
October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15)
Running time
91 minutes
Country Germany
United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $6.5 million

Eulogy is a 2004 comedy film directed by Michael Clancy.


The film opens with Kate Collins (Zooey Deschanel) walking up to a house. She knocks and a woman answers the door. Kate explains that although she doesn't know her she has a long story to explain.

The story begins with the death of her grandfather, Edmund Collins. The movie then goes on to show how all the family members found out about the death, and how they came together for the funeral. As the Collins family joins their widowed mother/grandmother, Charlotte Collins (Piper Laurie), the family's dysfunctions and idiosyncrasies come to light. Kate's father, Daniel Collins (Hank Azaria), is an "obscure foreign film" actor whose career peaked at age 8 when he appeared in a peanut butter commercial. Kate's uncle, Skip Collins (Ray Romano), is an overly hormonal father of overly hormonal twin sons (Fred and Ted) who managed to run their mother out of their family. Kate's aunt, Lucy Collins (Kelly Preston), and her girlfriend Judy Arnolds (Famke Janssen) are both criticised throughout the movie because of their relationship. Most of this criticism comes from Kate's other aunt, Alice Collins (Debra Winger). The bossy, intimidating Alice has managed to both raise her three children and drive her husband into submissive silence, because of her persistent talking and badgering. Once they all arrive at the only family home Kate is told by Charlotte that her grandfather wished for her to give the eulogy at the funeral.

After a family dinner that goes south when Lucy and Judy announce that they are getting married, tired of the family feuding, Charlotte tries to commit suicide by overdosing on a medication. While the family sits in the waiting room they run into Samantha (Glenne Headly) a nurse at the hospital who is also an old friend of Alice's. After having her stomach pumped and after rejoining the family, she tries again by jumping out of a moving van on a bridge and although she does not die, she is seriously injured and spends the remainder of the movie in a wheelchair.

During the film, Kate continually tries to come up with a eulogy while dealing with a previous romance with Ryan, from whom she ran away after being caught by Ryan's mother who came home while Ryan and Kate were having sex. Kate gets reacquainted with Ryan (after trying to dodge him several times around town) and their relationship reignites.

At Edmund's will reading, it is revealed that Edmund has three families that don't know about each other. This explains Edmund's inability to keep names and number of children straight over the years before also dropping the bomb that he was up to his "prostate in debt". Kate is tasked with finding and telling the other two families of Edmund's demise.

Ultimately, per Edmund's will, he is placed in a casket and floated out on a local lake in a boat. Ted and Fred, having previously filled the casket with gasoline, start shooting fiery arrows from a bow at the casket. During this time Kate finally gives her eulogy. One of the arrows eventually hits the casket and a moment later the casket, completely unexpectedly, explodes in a fiery explosion and completely demolishes the boat, body, and casket in a splintery mess.

The movie ends with Kate talking to the woman from the beginning of the film. The woman explains she is not actually the person she was looking for but rather her neighbor.


Actor Role
Zooey Deschanel Kate Collins
Hank Azaria Daniel Collins
Famke Janssen Judy Arnolds
Piper Laurie Charlotte Collins
Paget Brewster Aunt Lily
Jesse Bradford Ryan Carmichael
Glenne Headly Samantha
Kelly Preston Lucy Collins
Ray Romano Skip Collins
Rip Torn Edmund Collins
Debra Winger Alice Collins
Curtis Garcia Fred Collins
Keith Garcia Ted Collins
Allisyn Ashley Arm Alice's Silent Daughter
Matthew Feder Alice's Silent Son
Jordan Moen Alice's Silent Daughter


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