Death at a Funeral

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2010

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Director:
Neil LaBute
Released:
2010
Rating:
R

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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Metacritic Score

  • 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...

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