The only thing I could relate to in this film was the loss of a 'friend' to a suicide and the music.
I was expecting, as it says on the back cover, a movie that was "funny and ferociously smart" (quote from Richard Corliss, Time.)
A small group of college friends of the deceased are brought back together, after a number of years of being out of college, by the suicide of a friend. I can say that the way the people acted was a bit weird, but then there is always an air of akward energy at any fuernal.
They spend a week-end at a friends, and as they have gone on with their lives, and a story line starts to develop along the lines of "why did our friend commit suicide?" which unfortunately is never developed (nor are any of the other stories.)
Although the the favorite music of someone who's passed is familiar (as this is custom to many people at funerals) and the Rolling Stones, "Can't Always Get What You Want" fits the entire movie (and what I was feeling about the movie, as I received it as a gift!), that is likely the most realistic part. The deceased prolly never got what he wanted or needed, nor did anyone else in the movie! Like I said, depressing!
A grouping of great actors, a pretty good idea, but other than the music, the movie is simply depressing. How many people find a trip to a funeral (or the aftermath) 'fun' or 'funny?' (I do recall some movie that included a funeral, but this certainly wasn't it!)
I'm sure for those who liked Motown music from the late 60's/early 70's, the soundtrack might be a good choice.
There isn't much to say about the story, as there isn't much of a story. man takes his life, friends come to a funeral, and have a week-end together and they all seem pretty unhappy with their lives as well.