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Death at a Funeral (2007)

Death at a Funeral

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

August 17, 2007

MPAA Rating

R

Studio

MGM

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Frank Oz

Producer

Sidney Kimmel, Share Stallings, Laurence Malkin, Diana Phillips

Screenwriter

Dean Craig

Starring

  • Matthew Macfayden
  • Rupert Graves
  • Peter Dinklage as Peter
  • Alan Tudyk as Simon
  • Daisy Donovan
  • Kris Marshall
  • Andy Nyman
  • Jane Asher

Story


A dignified send-off for a loved one erupts into uproarious chaos when romance, jealousy, in-laws, hallucinogens, dark secrets, life-long yearnings and a spot of bold blackmail all collide in the irreverent British comedy "Death at a Funeral." Directed by Frank Oz ("Bowfinger," "In & Out") and featuring a cast made up of the cream of Britain's crop, the film mischievously explores what happens on the day when a typically divided family is finally forced to come to terms with each other's - bad behavior, outrageous faults, skeletons in the closet and all.

On the morning of their father's funeral, the family and friends of the deceased each arrive with his or her own roiling anxieties. Son Daniel (Matthew Macfayden) knows he will have to face his flirty, blow-hard, famous-novelist brother Robert (Rupert Graves) who's just flown in from New York, not to mention the promises of a new life he's made to his wife Jane (Keely Hawes). Meanwhile, Daniel's cousin Martha (Daisy Donovan) and her dependable new fiance Simon (Alan Tudyk) are desperate to make a good impression on Martha's uptight father - a plan that literally goes out the window when Simon accidentally ingests a designer drug en route to the service, leaving him prone to uncontrollable bouts of delirium and nudity in front of his potential in-laws.

Then comes the real shocker: a mysterious guest (Peter Dinklage) who threatens to unveil an earth-shattering family secret. As riotous mayhem and unfortunate mishaps ensue on every front, it is now up to the two brothers to hide the truth from their family and friends and figure out how to not only bury their dearly beloved, but the secret he's been keeping.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a mixture of comedic styles..”
by David Thomas [Filmcritic.com]
“..provides an adult tonic in a season typically abandoned to the comic book cocktail..”
by Sid Smith [LA Times]
“..though modestly produced and efficiently shot, pic boasts solid production values..”
by John Anderson [Variety]