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Passed Away

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Passed Away

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
performer:
Bob Hoskins, Pamela Reed, Frances McDormand
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C-

Is there such thing as a movie that cancels itself out? Passed Away starts out as black-comic farce, with characters you can scan in a microsecond. As the members of an Irish-American family gather for the wake and funeral of their grizzled patriarch (Jack Warden), the film serves up some fairly standard smirking-in-the-face-of-death gags. Then, an odd development: The jokes leak away, the movie turns into a moist heart tugger about romance, rebirth, and the emotional conundrums of family relationships — and through it all, the characters remain one-trait nothings.

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