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A day in the life of an American family that has 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.
Comedy - This is a dark comedy based on the popular 2007 British film of the
same name. Fans of that film may be taken aback that this is
virtually a scene-for-scene redo with much of the exact same
dialogue. This is a true ensemble piece though fans of stars Chris
Rock and Martin Lawrence should be pleased. Strong language and adult
themes make the film inappropriate for young children.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, over 30 S-words, 7 GD's, many others. SEX/NUDITY: Some brief instances of nudity in a non-sexual context. VIOLENCE: Hits, slaps, punches played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, and drug use. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Constant banter and wisecracks; constant drug humor; suggestive humor; toilet humor; slapstick.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good The humor gradient is lopsided - the second half, which builds comedic momentum, is significantly funnier than the first half, which is mostly set-up. Still, any such unevenness aside, the overall impression is one of enjoyability.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good 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.
USA TodayFull Review Average The only death at this funeral was that of a good movie.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 93 moviegoers:
TEENS:Three of the four males enjoyed "Death at a Funeral" very much and the fourth one rated it "Good/Average," which is decent. The female reviews are almost most the same as the males. Four loved this movie and one rated it "Good/Average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The male reviews are very close to great. Almost half loved it and most of the rest enjoyed it very much. The female reviews are very similar. Half loved "Death at a Funeral" with the remaining half split between above average and average.
ADULTS:Adults didn't enjoy this movie quite as much as younger viewers but most still enjoyed it very much. Only a small percentage of the males loved "Death at a Funeral." A very large percentage of the males rated it above average, which is good but not great. A small percentage were somewhat disappointed. A third of the females loved it, a third enjoyed it very much and a third rated it average to below average.
This may just be the worst day of Aaron's (Chris Rock) life. Charged with organizing his father's funeral, Aaron has to deal with the eccentricities of his entire family as they gather to pay tribute to their patriarch. Aaron's brother Ryan (Martin Lawrence), a successful novelist, arrives from New York to the delight of the family and Aaron steams silently while Ryan hogs the limelight. To complicate matters, the alarm on his wife Michelle's (Regina Hall) biological clock has gone off and she expects him to do his husbandly duties—despite the unfortunate timing.
With his strong-willed, proper mother Cynthia (Loretta Devine) watching over his shoulder, Aaron attempts to put together a fitting memorial for his father, but his extended family undermines his efforts at every turn. As they gather together to pay their last respects to a beloved husband and father, petty resentments and lifelong feuds spill over. Confusion becomes chaos as future in-law Oscar (James Marsden) accidentally ingests hallucinogenic drugs and turns Aaron's carefully planned tribute into the worst funeral in history.
But even that pales when Frank (Peter Dinklage), a "special friend" of the deceased, arrives with some information he thinks the family would like buried along with the revered patriarch—and demands a big payday to keep it under wraps. As Aaron's attempt to stash Frank quietly away while he figures out how he's going to come up with the hush money goes terribly wrong, good behavior goes out the window (along with Oscar) in a wickedly funny, wildly inventive comedy of errors.