Director: Michael Clancy
Screenwriters: Michael Clancy

Institute History

  • 2004 Sundance Film Festival


There is nothing like a funeral to bring out the worst in a family. And nothing has more comic potential than a family like the one in Eulogy. They are wacky, self-involved, eccentric, and backbiting, and when played by an ensemble of talented actors, the result is nothing short of hilarious.

The story is simple enough. A family is summoned home to celebrate the death of a loved one. Kate, the favorite granddaughter, is entrusted with preparing a eulogy to celebrate the life of dead Grandpa Collins. Once everyone arrives, you have to question the sanity of a patriarch who could spawn such a dysfunctional bunch. Kate's attempt to unearth fond memories is met with resistance. The four children can only remember a distant father who could barely keep their names straight.

First-time feature director Michael Clancy masterfully handles his own script, where characters play perfect counterpoint to each other's eccentricities. Family comedy may not be a new genre, but the depth and nuance of these characters are a tribute to Clancy and his cast. As the plot gathers steam, the comedy just gets blacker. Eulogy is sure to be a cautionary tale for anyone who has not witnessed a wrestling match between two sisters during a family meal.

— John Cooper

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