is a 2004 comedy film directed by Michael Clancy.
The film opens with Kate Collins (Zooey Deschanel
) walking up to a house. She knocks and a woman answers the door. Kate explains that although she doesn't know her she has a long story to explain.
The story begins with the death of her grandfather, Edmund Collins. The movie then goes on to show how all the family members found out about the death, and how they came together for the funeral. As the Collins family joins their widowed mother/grandmother, Charlotte Collins (Piper Laurie
), the family's dysfunctions and idiosyncrasies come to light. Kate's father, Daniel Collins (Hank Azaria
), is an "obscure foreign film
" actor whose career peaked at age 8 when he appeared in a peanut butter commercial. Kate's uncle, Skip Collins (Ray Romano
), is an overly hormonal father of overly hormonal twin sons (Fred and Ted) who managed to run their mother out of their family. Kate's aunt, Lucy Collins (Kelly Preston
), and her girlfriend Judy Arnolds (Famke Janssen
) are both criticised throughout the movie because of their relationship. Most of this criticism comes from Kate's other aunt, Alice Collins (Debra Winger
). The bossy, intimidating Alice has managed to both raise her three children and drive her husband into submissive silence, because of her persistent talking and badgering. Once they all arrive at the only family home Kate is told by Charlotte that her grandfather wished for her to give the eulogy
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