Eulogy (2004) - Comedy, Drama

Hohum Score

73

Boring

A black comedy that follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch - unveiling a litany of family secrets and covert relationships.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Michael Clancy
Stars: Ray Romano, Jesse Bradford
Length: 91 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 15 out of 72 found boring (20.83%)

One-line Reviews (43)

Intriguing cast doesn't deliver .

There are many more characters and dysfunctional family situations here that I could not get to them all in a short review, but this movie turned out better than I would have thought and is worth watching at least once.

The plot, such as it is, lurches between 'funny' bits of lowbrow comedy that is so pedestrian and predictable that I could check it off as we went: Everyone gets a grand entrance.

Constantly starting new angles and then somehow trying to tie a story together out of these disjointed fragments does not make for entertainment.

The individuals in this family are rife with interesting character flaws which make them rich, well-rounded and enjoyable to watch.

"Eulogy" tries the latter resulting in something that is eternally confusing, loudly funny in its first minutes then the laughs are fading away the more its conclusion approaches.

"Eulogy" is a boring and not funny dark comedy.

All-star cast - Hank Azaria, Zooey Deschanel, Famke Janssen, Rip Torn, Ray Romano, Piper Laurie, Debra Winger - yet even they cannot lift this movie beyond the mundane and inane.

It's relatable, funny, entertaining, and just a great movie for a Saturday afternoon!

It is one of those gems that is so enjoyable to watch that a 2nd or 3rd viewing is great as you can pick up those bits of quirky humor.

It is a waste of time, talent, and celluloid.

If writer/director Clancy set out to make a deliberately boring, unpleasant and aggravating movie as some sort of ironic commentary on how boring, unpleasant and aggravating family can be…I guess he succeeded.

If he was genuinely trying to make an entertaining film, he failed as thoroughly as a man with a script and a camera can fail.

I just found it entertaining through the whole 91 minutes (I can't remember how long it was) and you didn't even what to get up to push STOP on the vcr to go to the washroom.

It was consistently entertaining -- and often explosively funny.

His other sister Alice (Debra Winger) is such an intense bitch you're amazed she's still alive, because anyone who spends more than 5 minutes around her would want to gut her with a rusty pair of scissors.

Too many characters it becomes confusing, and eventually crashes into total silliness.

This is NOT black comedy, it is idiotic try and be as strange as possible boredom.

I am all for a sweet, funny, touching independent film about a band of dysfunctional, quirky characters interacting but I felt that Eulogy fell flat, was uninspiring, was over the top and worst of all, was just not believable.

The story is sophisticated looking but quite slow.

He was a very enjoyable character in this film, being the father of the two little hellions.

Zooey was one of my favorite characters just because it was enjoyable to see a sane one in the group.

An impressive cast wasting their time, and the viewers', with a trite and trivial attempt at quirky situation-tragedy...

Was he trying to create the most brilliant filmic confection ever concocted or a piece of pandering so trite that it makes commercials look important?

Sadly, barely entertaining .

A really unexpected treat, I loved how Michael Clancy plays that neurotic line in such a subtle gamma of characters and personalities: the true mark of a people's lover movie.

this was by far one of the worst movies I've seen.

and the only thing you can expect from them is the unexpected.

Some of the characters were so uninteresting and boorish that they could have been written out entirely and actually improve the film by shortening it.

Bland, unfunny and the actors just look like they don't care.

This is an enjoyable dark comedy with a little bit of everything, including a good soundtrack.

The individual performances may be slightly interesting at times, but overall the characters come off as completely two-dimensional and utterly predictable, telegraphing every laugh sometimes minutes before the punchline was delivered.

At times it is wacky and at times subtle but it all goes well together and remains enjoyable and wildly charming from start to end.

But, mostly it's all fun, poking at all the family stereotypes of conflicts with sisters, brothers, cousins, etc. Reminds me so much of my family on my mother's side with the in-fighting, etc. But, just makes life more enjoyable.

It really made for a film that was just one long experiment in boredom and was incredibly tedious.

Boring and not Funny .

Now look, I'm not a film critic, a journalist, or pretentious film snob.

Totally unfunny - what a bore .

I highly recommend it to anyone who likes intelligent, witty irony with a twist of twisted thrown in for good measure.

This was a big waste of time and talent.

Boring, unpleasant and aggravating .

So by the end, I had enjoyed Eulogy for its sometimes-witty dialog and formulaic feel-good moments.

It is not a beautiful movie to see with a respectful message, but it's professionally well done and entertaining, with cleverness.