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Death at a Funeral

2007 British comedy directed by Frank Oz.

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When Funerals Go Wrong (horribly, horribly wrong)

  • Nov 8, 2008
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Rating:
+3
Pros: Still making me giggle from time to time

Cons: Two distinct "Eeeeewwww" moments, but that's it

The Bottom Line: Better than what I've seen lately and a whole lot funnier.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

Trailers are the only form of advertising that works on me.  I can see a commercial for soap and never think about it again in my entire life, but if I see a movie trailer that looks interesting, I'll log that away until I get my mitts on the movie to watch it.  Death at a Funeral was one of those movies.

Daniel's father has died and after a brief mix up, all is well on its way.  Except everyone coming to the funeral has their own set of problems or in some cases, an agenda.  In short?  Everything goes wrong.  From hallucinogenic drugs to blackmail to knocking corpses to money problems to Uncle Alfie to nakedness to everything being so green, you never know what's going to crop up next, and neither do the poor characters.  Here's to hoping it all works out in the end!

I enjoy a bit of dark humor here and there and the British seem to have an excellent hang of it and I was quite pleased.  Everything that can go wrong does, and in some cases, on an epic scale.  While you won't be snickering throughout the entire movie (I often wanted to punch Daniel's brother Robert), there will be many places where you'll burst out with a good laugh.  There will be several things you expect to happen by the end of the movie, and they all get there so you won't be left unsatisfied.

The acting is what makes this short (91 minutes) movie a good bit of fun (though in the gag reel they're constantly cracking up at one another and screwing up their lines because of it).  From Matthew MacFadyen as Daniel to Peter Dinklage as Peter (haha, original, but I do enjoy Peter Dinklage), along Frank Oz as the director, everyone plays the parts well enough for you to get involved and be interested in every character's story as the day progresses and events unfold inside the small house and the lawn around it...and even a bit on the roof.

Expect some swearing, a moment of two of "EW, gross," and a naked guy (tell me that isn't making you wonder just what the heck happened during this funeral), but overall, it's much better than the past two movies made in the states that I watched earlier (as in there isn't nearly as much swearing as there was in Superbad and while there is a naked dude, we don't see his ding-dong like in Forgetting Sarah Marshall).  In that respect, this movie gets higher marks.

So if you're stuck on what to watch and want a bit of a laugh and enjoy mildly dark humor, this movie is a good bet to settle on.

NT

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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review by . January 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****     I'm not one for lists. Rounding up films and placing them on a "Top Ten" or "Top 5" list is just too much for me. I decidedly don't make lists often, and prefer to merely assign films to my "Favorites" or "Genre Favorites". While watching "Death at a Funeral", the hilarious Frank Oz-directed British funeral satire, I sort of did this. I plan to regard Oz's film as one of the best comedies of the 2000's. It's smart, hilarious, ironic, and also quite honest. …
review by . October 10, 2010
The movie begins with a cartoonish, black and white representation of a casket endlessly traveling along a map of streets, missing turns and eventually pulling into a driveway and parking near a building at which point the cartoon becomes the film with a hearse arriving at a well to do ivy covered British mansion. The viewer prepares for the funeral and all appears to be stately and solemn; all abruptly upended by the first of many seemingly unlikely events and the farce has begun. The viewers' …
review by . March 05, 2010
Excellent comedy of errors
A man with a large family has just died, and the whole brood gathers at his home for the funeral. Among them: A son who feels inferior to his talented brother, a niece whose boyfriend was accidentally given a hallucinogenic drug, a lovelorn suitor, a hypochondriac, and a dwarf who has some very special photos of the deceased.       This hysterical Britcom is everything you could hope for - a superbly witty script, naturally funny actors who play deadpan with ease, and a director …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Expect the unexpected when you see this movie. The DVD has hilarious outtakes.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
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HILARIOUS!!
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This was be far THE funniest movie in years - laugh out loud funny! I loved it. Intelligent and witty.
Quick Tip by . February 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Absolutely hilarious! Easily the best British comedy in over a decade. I literally couldn't stop laughing at this dark, witty & zany farce!
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Director: Frank Oz
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 17, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 1hr 30min
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) , Samuel Goldwyn Pictures, 20th Century Fox
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