Screen Gems | Release Date: April 16, 2010
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Film_Fanatic_15Nov 22, 2010
Death is usually depressing. Put Chris Rock in the mix and death doesn't seem so bad anymore. Great cast, great laughs, who wouldn't want to see it? From start to finish, the film has you blown away with Chris Rock's professional stand-upDeath is usually depressing. Put Chris Rock in the mix and death doesn't seem so bad anymore. Great cast, great laughs, who wouldn't want to see it? From start to finish, the film has you blown away with Chris Rock's professional stand-up comedy act, and a few family members who, in the best words, are just plain weird. Somehow the language isn't annoying and pointless like most comedy, but instead it just makes what's currently happening even funnier. "Death at a Funeral" is definitely a movie you can sit down with your popcorn, and just be ready to laugh your head off. I am not the type of person that likes comedy movies, but this one is slowly making me like the particular genre more. But it wasn't perfect, so it'll have to stick with a "GO" rating instead of a "MUST GO!" Expand
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ChadS.Apr 17, 2010
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" 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
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Billc.Apr 26, 2010
Martin Lawrence is no actor,Chris Rock actually does pretty good, but this film is too full of silly stereo types. You see every joke as it's coming and they are all stale.
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Ruler101Dec 2, 2010
Other than this movie having one kid on "X" (James Marsden), it wasn't that wonderful. The moments in between where Ryan (Martin Lawrence) and Aaron (Chris Rock) are arguing were only funny for the first bit then it became boring. Yes so theyOther than this movie having one kid on "X" (James Marsden), it wasn't that wonderful. The moments in between where Ryan (Martin Lawrence) and Aaron (Chris Rock) are arguing were only funny for the first bit then it became boring. Yes so they think they killed their fathers midget lover Frank (Peter Dinklage), but they cant even do that in a hilarious way. It was just not all what i thought it would be cracked up to be. Expand
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