The Pallbearer (1996)

David Schwimmer (from the television series "Friends") stars as a 
sensitive (and slightly neurotic) single guy who gets more than he 
expected from the grieving mother (Barbara Hershey) of a classmate 
he can't remember.  Hello Mrs. Robinson!  Though quite cute as a 
romantic comedy, THE PALLBEARER is paced like a funeral march.  The 
characters act, react, and interact at half-speed, making for one 
*excruciatingly* long sit.  (And what's with the dreary lighting?)  
Co-writer/director Matt Reeves brings some snap to the story's 
midsection; the film briefly comes to life when our hero attempts 
to resolve his feelings for *another* classmate (a very appealing 
Gwyneth Paltrow).  By this time, though, most viewers will have 
either fled or fallen asleep.  Those tough souls who stay with it 
can marvel at the sleepy-eyed Schwimmer, a hound dog with a head 
cold, who can go for over an hour without ever changing his 
expression. (Rated "PG-13"/94 min.)

Grade: C-

Copyright 1996 by Michael J. Legeros

Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: May 3, 1996

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