Stick to TV, Schwimmer.I like David Schwimmer. There's no shame in admitting that. But what I don't like is when he takes a role like the role in The Pallbearer, a role that gives him no chance to show his range. At the same time, he takes a role in a film like Kissing A Fool, a role completely different from that of Ross, and he gets slammed. The guy can't win.
The problem with The Pallbearer is that it doesn't really work on any level. Schwimmer's character (Tom Thompson. How bland.) has some quirks we've seen before (still lives with an overbearing mother, falls for the unatainable girl from high school), and even the subplot (Thompson sleeps with an older woman, a la the Graduate) is rehashed. The prospect of the character giving a eulogy at the funeral of a guy he doesn't even remember has some comedic value, but by the time the eulogy comes around, we're more focused on Thompson and Julie DeMarco (Paltrow). It's a movie described as a black romantic comedy (whatever that is), but the romance is forced, and the comedy is minimal.
Schwimmer is Ross here, although he's a little more mopey. He shows more range on television. Paltrow's fine as Julie (too thin, though), but you wonder why she sees anything in Tom. Barbara Hershey's just creepy, but there's some nice turns from Toni Collette and Michael Rappaport in supporting roles.Not really worth your time.