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 who knows how to do funny. The large ensemble cast features Matthew Macfadyen and Kris Marshall and everyone is outstanding.
This look at craziness behind a funeral's proper façade kept me giggling from start to finish. Highly recommended.
***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. … more
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' … more
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 … more