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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
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  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: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 10 out of 20
  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. 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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  3. Aug 15, 2010
    7
    There are good bits and there are bad bits, but this not-too-bad movie (that's been made extremely soon after the original) has good laughs and likeable characters to make this remake a success in its own right. Expand
  4. ChrisC
    Apr 19, 2010
    3
    I found the original to be funnier due to it's intentional morbid and emphasized dry humor. This made the punch-lines and "read-between-the-lines" jokes far more potent. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy our kings of comedy, but personally, I don't feel it surpassed the original, being a well made movie. Expand
  5. JerryK
    Apr 22, 2010
    2
    Not funny at all, very profane, wouldn't want to know anyone like the family in the movie...walked out after 20 minutes, got a refund...recommend not seeing the movie. Expand
  6. MikeB.
    May 3, 2010
    1
    One of the worst movies I have ever seen. I don't know what any of these writers, producers, directors, or actors were thinking. unbearable.
  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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