Death at a Funeral

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2010


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Neil LaBute

Death at a Funeral is a comedy starring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence as brothers Aaron and Ryan, whose father is the man in the casket. The movie revolves around the hilarious mishaps and discoveries that happen when the family comes together for the funeral ceremony. From the start, nothing goes right. Aaron must deal with his more successful (and selfish) brother as they tussle over funeral costs. Then, on the day of the ceremony, the wrong body is delivered! Their cousin, Elaine (Zoe Saldana) accidentally feeds her fianc� (James Marsden) LSD thinking its Valium. The fluke not only causes chaos, but also reveals the drug-dealing habits of her little brother Jeff (Columbus Short). More secrets emerge when a stranger (Peter Dinklage) claims to be the father's lover and demands money. More chaos, more Òvalium,Ó and the antics continue. Based on the 2007 British film by the same name, Neil Labute directs an ensemble cast including Tracy Morgan, Loretta Devine, and Danny Glover in the American version.



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  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Think of Death at a Funeral as a comic quickie. As it presses buttons, a few laughs come out, but that's all there is to it.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    The movie version of karaoke. It sings the same tune as the 2007 British underground hit, but it's a little, and at times a lot, off-key.

  • 30

    Variety Justin Chang

    This slavishly faithful update... fails to tap into anything culturally specific or uniquely funny in its Pasadena setting or its theoretically looser, livelier black cast. And bec...

  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    Death At A Funeral is a remake of a 2007 British comedy by the same name, and is usually not the type of film I go for. For starters, I hate Chris Rock, and I really couldn't see a film about a funeral being all that funny. The previews were a riot and I love Martin Lawrence, so I decide to give it a try and was once again was taught that you can't judge a book by it's cover. This film turned out to be one of the funniest I've seen in a long time. It's a solemn day for Aaron and Brian, as they prepare to lay their father to rest. They expect it to be a small, simple ceremony, but they are soon reminded of why their family only gets together at weddings and funerals. A series of unbelievable and hysterical events keep disrupting the service, which include, but are not limited to, a gay midget, a guest tripping on acid, and a crotchety old man that really has to poop. I'm not surprised that I liked this film as much as I did, but I was surprised by the reasons why I liked it. You'd think an R rated film staring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence would be raunchy as hell and way over the top, and it was, but not because of either of them. Rock and Lawrence were actually fairly toned down in this film and it was the large cast of supporting characters who really make the film. Danny Glover is amazing as Uncle Russell, an old timer who hates everyone and isn't afraid to run his mouth. James Marsden is equally as good, as the hated white boy friend, who takes what he thinks is Valium to calm down before the service. Death At A Funeral is absolutely hysterical and full of non-stop ridiculousness, if this film doesn't make you laugh, there is most definitely something wrong with you.moreless
  • Amazing

    very very good and funny

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dry humor, disturbing but funny, the middle class, moral dilemmas, parent and child