The Pallbearer (1996)

(On VHS, September 2000) This film makes good use of David Schwimmer’s (TV’s “Friends”) puppy-dog charm, but that’s the extent of the film’s strength. The rest is just ordinary romantic comedy material, based upon a mistaken-identity premise that borders on the uncomfortable. Gwyneth Paltrow is bland in the lead female role, and the other characters are ill-defined. It’s hard to dislike a competently made romantic comedy, but it’s much easier to be unimpressed, and that’s pretty much what The Pallbearer leaves with us.

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