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Death at a Funeral

2007 British comedy directed by Frank Oz.

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Questioning and Laughing Throughout

  • Oct 10, 2010
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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' attention is strengthened with anticipation and the question, "What is coming next?". Throughout this wonderfully scripted and acted movie you will laugh at the way life keeps on coming and coming as the son attempts to give father a dignified send off. The characters are each focused on their own lives in spite of having shown up, as expected, at the funeral. The acting is strong in bringing out the quirkiness, inadequacies and conflicts of each character. You can almost read each of the characters thoughts as they keep coming upon each other completely self focused only to be stunned and brought out of their self absorption by each turn of events. It is a wonderful farce, so well done, you will laugh throughout. You will also be asking questions as to who the short man is, where are the pills, who will die, and when will they get to the funeral, as one incident slides into the next. Loved it!

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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 . 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
posted in Movie Hype
Expect the unexpected when you see this movie. The DVD has hilarious outtakes.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
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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!
review by . November 08, 2008
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 …
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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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