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  • Summary: Directed by Neil LaBute, Death at a Funeral is a hilarious day in the life of an American family come together to put a beloved husband and father to rest. As mourners gather at the family home, shocking revelations, festering resentments, ugly threats, blackmail and a misdirected corpse unleash lethal and riotous mayhem. (Sony Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. 88
    I laughed all the way through, in fact. This is the best comedy since "The Hangover," and although it's almost a scene-by-scene remake of a 2007 British movie with the same title, it's funnier than the original.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    70
    Death at a Funeral works and then some. The movie is labored, overly familiar and about 10 miles away from deep -- an elemental, sometimes excremental comedy about petty twits behaving badly. As totally unnecessary remakes go, it's one of the best.
  3. Verdict? Mixed. Loved the slapstick, winced at the toilet humor, and mourned that the female performers were given so little to do. Funeral is funnier the second time around.
  4. 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.
  5. 50
    It's because of a superior cast that this version of "Death at a Funeral" is the rare comedy remake that's funnier than the original, however slightly. Personally, though, I'm not sure it was worth the effort.
  6. Middling gets downgraded to muddling. Of course, on such slippery slopes, reputations are made. Damned if the original isn’t looking like a comparative gem.
  7. You can get away with almost anything in a farce except failing to be funny, and that's what kills Death at a Funeral.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 10 out of 21
  1. DanH
    Apr 23, 2010
    10
    I may have not seen the original 2007 film, but I say this film is probably the best comedy I have ever seen. Honestly, I think it's just a little bit better than The Hangover. Expand
  2. Apr 12, 2011
    8
    Death at a Funeral is a pretty funny movie but its not as funny as the original. The characters are really likable and jokes were really funny. Not as good as the original but this is a film you can watch to get a good laugh. Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2010
    8
    I loved this comedy! I never thought a funeral could provide a backdrop for such hilarity that was found in this film! The action is directed to so many places, but it's so well directed we never lose track of who the characters are, where they are, and everything flows together so brilliantly. I don't have the hindsight of having watched the older movie, so I can just rate this one on its own terms. It's a hilarious comedy with very believable acting. It doesn't really matter so much what happens because it all flows and ties up so well. It's not the world's greatest tale, but it's still an enjoyable film that leaves viewers staring at the screen from beginning to end with one great ride.

    I only have a few complaints. The vulgarity of some scenes can be ridiculous, including several drawn-out nude scenes, covered by clever camera angles, of course. The final eulogy reading attempts to sum up all of the events that had previously happened, which doesn't work so well for this film. We never see the dead father alive in this film, ever, so his death is much less meaningful and the final eulogy loses most of its impact. If you're looking for a fun film to laugh at endlessly, this is the film for you. If you want to learn a valuable lifelong lesson with complex characters that have important backstories, you're in the wrong genre.
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  4. ChadS.
    Apr 17, 2010
    4
    As you know, in the primordial days of rock and roll, record companies undermined the 45s of black artists by putting out copycat versions recorded with white singers, and in the process, would then marginalize the original as "race" records. Although nobody could put Little Richard in the corner for any length of time, Pat Boone's version of "Tutti Frutti"(thanks to the segregated radio stations) did get more airplay, which translated into more copies sold. Keeping this historical racial divide in the popular arts under consideration, the idiom "turnaround is fair play" comes to mind, since the black version of "Death at a Funeral" will open on three-thousand screens, while the 2007 Frank Oz original(with an all-white cast) had only received a limited release. As both films are virtually the same, the incentive to seek out this little-seen U.K. film is almost non-existent due to our cinematic isolationism, given the blase attitude that Americans have for foreign films(even English-speaking ones). Similar to Elvis Presley reducing Big Mama Thornton to a lady-in-waiting, the grieving brothers who learn about their closeted father are played by two kings of comedy: Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, taking over for their lesser-known English counterparts: Matthew MacFayden and Rupert Graves. Not surprisingly, while black people have the edge when it comes to rhythm and blues, the Brits are old pros at black comedy, therefore a better fit for a comedy of manners such as "Death at a Funeral". Playing the straight man are neither one of Rock's, nor Lawrence's strengths, especially to a gay dwarf(Peter Dinklage), and a naked man(James Marsden) high on mescaline. Give me Big Joe Turner's raucuous version of "Shake, Rattle, & Roll", and give me the English manor in the countryside that it sits on. Expand
  5. Aug 24, 2012
    2
    This film has a lot of potential but it just falls down in every category. I feel as if the film tries just a bit too hard to be funny and I laughed maybe three times throughout the film as a result. Also, the advert used the majority of the comedic moments meaning that we had already seen many of the jokes. Puts me off watching the original but at some point I will sit down and watch it to compare. Expand
  6. GailR.
    Apr 18, 2010
    2
    Funny sort of but got boring with the nasty bathroom humor, f word constantly and sluggish scenes. could have been a real good movie. Had a great cast and good plot. Expand
  7. JacobN
    Apr 20, 2010
    0
    actually one of the worst movies i've ever seen...and thats saying a lot because i see many many movies. no where near as good as the brittish original. my advice to everyone is to save ten bucks at the box office and go to rend the good version and save money and time. Not. Worth. Seeing. Expand

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