Eulogy The old coot who dies at the start of Eulogy gets off easy. It's us, the strangers at the funeral, who suffer, grieving over the… Eulogy The old coot who dies at the start of Eulogy gets off easy. It's us, the strangers at the funeral, who suffer, grieving over the… 2004-10-15 R PT91M Comedy Hank Azaria Ray Romano Rip Torn Debra Winger Zooey Deschanel Famke Janssen Monica Potter Lions Gate Films
Movie Review

Eulogy (2004)

MPAA Rating: R
Ray Romano, Hank Azaria, ... | THE DEATH OF ALL THINGS FUNNY Pay your respects to a dearly departed sense of humor
Image credit: Eulogy: Robert Zuckerman
THE DEATH OF ALL THINGS FUNNY Pay your respects to a dearly departed sense of humor
EW's GRADE
D-

Details Limited Release: Oct 15, 2004; Rated: R; Length: 91 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Hank Azaria, Ray Romano, Rip Torn and Debra Winger; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

The old coot who dies at the start of Eulogy gets off easy. It's us, the strangers at the funeral, who suffer, grieving over the shrill, rancid jokes that pass for quirky family dysfunction in writer-director Michael Clancy's artificially ventilated feature debut. And lesbians! They're the most scandalous punchlines of all, at least to this toxic family, who apparently restrict their media intake to the teachings of Howard Stern.

The cast itself is weirdly overqualified; participants include Hank Azaria, Zooey Deschanel, Ray Romano, and Debra Winger. So let's assume the gang had fun together: They could say naughty stuff network TV wouldn't allow, not caring that if Eulogy were a sitcom pilot, it would be dead on arrival.

Originally posted Oct 13, 2004 Published in issue #789 Oct 22, 2004 Order article reprints