The Pallbearer (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Pallbearer (1996)



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Tom is a twentysomething loser with no life. Mrs. Abernathy asks Tom to be the pallbearer and deliver the eulogy for her son, a person whom Tom cannot remember. Tom and Mrs. Abernathy become lovers, but when Tom gets reacquainted with his beautiful high-school dream-girl Julie, Mrs. Abernathy becomes enraged.

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David Schwimmer
as Tom Thompson
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Julie Demarco
Barbara Hershey
as Ruth Abernathy
Michael Rapaport
as Brad Schorr
Carol Kane
as Tom's Mom
Edoardo Ballerini
as The Job Interviewer
Robert Katims
as Minister
Greg Grunberg
as Abernathy Cousin
David Vadim
as Abernathy Cousin
Zak Orth
as Abernathy Cousin
Kevin Corrigan
as Pallbearer
Joseph D'Onofrio
as Pallbearer
John A. Mudd
as Pallbearer
Eric Morace
as Pallbearer
Elizabeth Franz
as Aunt Lucille
Marnie Pomerantz
as Roller Coaster Rider
Mark Margolis
as Philip DeMarco
Jean De Baer
as Suzanne DeMarco
Todd Schrenk
as The Other Tom
Sal Maneri
as Wedding Guest
Gwen Goldsmith
as Wedding Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Pallbearer

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

At its best, it sports a forgiving humanism - none of these people are all that bad, they're just wounded and needy and uncertain.

August 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The director, Matt Reeves, has a master plan, and it's amazing how a movie with so many detours can arrive so convincingly at its destination.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Oh God! Who told David Schwimmer he could act???

August 12, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Nice little rip-off of 'The Graduate.' Actually holds up on its own.

March 5, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Not as bad as the title might suggest, maybe a bit too dark a comedy for most audiences. However, it still has some comedic blank spots.

September 13, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Pallbearer


Cast: David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carol Kane, Toni Collette, Michael Rapaport, Barbara Hershey, Bitty Schram Director: Matt Reeves Summary: When Ruth Abernathy (Barbara Hershey) mistakes Tom Thompson (David Schwimmer) for someone else, Thompson ends up becoming a pallbearer at the funeral of her son -- a former high school classmate he doesn't even remember. Despite the fact that he's unemployed and living with his parents, Thompson convinces his old crush (Gwyneth Paltrow) to go out with him. Meanwhile, a sexual relationship develops between Thompson and Mrs. Abernathy. My Thoughts: "It's a mix of a comedy and a drama. David Schwimmer plays Tom Thompson, who is a push over. He feels obligated to do anything for anyone when he doesn't want to. But to spare their feelings, he does it anyway. His love interest Julie, is the same way. The story is interesting and you get involved with the characters, especially David's. You watch him kinda grow up in the film. He is 25, jobless, and living at home with his mother and sleeping in bunk beds. By the end of the film you feel like he has grown and matured into an adult. Great job by Matt Reeves. It's a movie worth seeing at least once."


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The story is pretty limited and doesn't really go anywhere.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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A hilarious film.

Leo L
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