During the film, Kate continually tries to come up with a eulogy while dealing with a previous romance with Ryan from whom she ran away after being caught by Ryan's mother who came home while Ryan & Kate were having sex. Kate gets reacquainted with Ryan (after trying to dodge him several times around town) and their relationship reignites.
Tired of the family feuding, Charlotte tries to commit suicide by overdosing on a medication. After having her stomach pumped and after rejoining the family, she tries again by jumping out of a moving van on a bridge but is unsuccessful again.
Ultimately, per Edmund's will, he is placed in a casket and floated out on a local lake in a boat. Ted & Fred, having previously filled the casket with gasoline, start shooting fiery arrows from a bow at the casket. During this time Kate finally gives her eulogy. One of the arrows eventually hits the casket and a moment later the casket, completely unexpectedly, explodes in a fiery explosion and completely demolishes the boat, body, and casket in a splintery mess.
At Edmund's will reading, it is revealed that Edmund has three families that don't know about each other. This explains Edmund's inability to keep names and number of children straight over the years before also dropping the bomb that he was up to his "eyeballs in debt". Kate is tasked with finding and telling the other two families of Edmund's demise.
|Zooey Deschanel||Kate Collins|
|Hank Azaria||Daniel Collins|
|Piper Laurie||Charlotte Collins|
|Jesse Bradford||Ryan Carmichael|
|Kelly Preston||Lucy Collins|
|Ray Romano||Skip Collins|
|Rip Torn||Edmund Collins|
|Debra Winger||Alice Collins|
|Curtis Garcia||Fred Collins|
|Keith Garcia||Ted Collins|
|Allisyn Ashley Arm||Collins Daughter|