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Death at a Funeral (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 78

Critics Consensus: It's amusing and it assembles a talented cast, but Neil LaBute's surprisingly faithful remake of the 2007 Frank Oz dramedy ultimately falls short of the original.

48%
Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: It's amusing and it assembles a talented cast, but Neil LaBute's surprisingly faithful remake of the 2007 Frank Oz dramedy ultimately falls short of the original.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 102,567

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Movie Info

Frank Oz's 2007 black comedy Death at a Funeral is given the remake treatment with an urban spin in this Chris Rock-produced production. When a dysfunctional clan reuintes to mourn the passing of the family patriarch, a respectful funeral quickly turns into an all-out fiasco marked by bitter resentment, blackmail attempts, and scandalous revelations. Dean Craig penned the script for director Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man), with Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, and Danny Glover co-starring. ~ Jeremy … More

Rating:
R (for language, drug content and some sexual humor)
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Aeysha Carr , Chris Rock , Dean Craig
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 10, 2010
Box Office:
$16.0M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Death at a Funeral

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (78) | DVD (6)

Although it still only just gets away with sundry homophobic and size-ist gags, there's a tad more zing than the original, though if you caught that already, be warned: this is a scene-for-scene retread.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

I like the cast.

Full Review… | April 26, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

I like this new one mainly because of the cast.

Full Review… | April 26, 2010
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Rock's interventions can't compensate for excessive fealty to dumb gags.

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

So much sameness, yet so fewer laughs.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

April 16, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

What we end up with here is the most pointless remake since Gus Van Sant made his shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho" back in 1998.

Full Review… | October 1, 2012
Examiner.com

A funny film, but it's not one that I found myself growing passionate about as I watched.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Movie Metropolis

If the film is so close to the original as to also be pretty much disposable once its over, at least it as well serves up a healthy amount of laughs during its very brief and brisk run time.

Full Review… | April 8, 2012
TheMovieReport.com

A little more tweaking for the actual actor's voices to come through, instead of trying to put them into pre-concieved places, may have worked better, but on the whole, it's still an excellent example of how the ensemble comedy should work.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
ComingSoon.net

The only scene in which the audience noticeably reacted to the film's efforts to extract some belly laughs came in the depressingly derivative poo jokes.

Full Review… | February 1, 2011
What Culture

...a perfectly watchable piece of work...

Full Review… | December 19, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

It's almost a checklist of things I don't like, but it won me over in its opening minutes and never let go.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Goatdog's Movies

The component that stayed mostly the same is the writing, which is bad news to me, since my main beef with the original movie was exactly that.

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Window to the Movies

What will creatively-bankrupt Hollywood think of next?

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
NewsBlaze

Cinema.com: Post-mortem grossout, bawdy bereavement, laugh-out-lewd feces fun and games, and a little gay dwarf tossing as a served up side order of midget mockery. Not a movie to die for."

Full Review… | July 31, 2010
WBAI Radio

The British film wasn't much better. But, beleive me, it was easier to watch than this loud mess.

Full Review… | June 9, 2010
This is London

Avoid at all costs.

Full Review… | June 7, 2010
Daily Express

LaBute and his cast seem to be revelling in the opportunity to indulge in the kind of lazy farce so beloved of unambitious British cinema.

Full Review… | June 7, 2010

Depends very heavily on the worryingly unfunny idea of accidentally consuming hallucinogenic drugs, though I have to admit there are a few crassly funny moments...

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
Guardian

An undistinguished remake of a crude black comedy.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
Daily Mail [UK]

Overall, it's better than the original -- although that's not saying much.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
Daily Mirror [UK]

There's no change to the plot or the thinly sketchy characters. It's a thoroughly pointless exercise.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
Liverpool Echo

What this movie really has going for it is a great cast who manage to make some obvious comedy situations genuinely amusing.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
Sun Online

This is a marginal improvement on the mangy 2007 British farce it's derived from, but it's still stuck with Dean Craig's irredeemably crass script, an anchor of unfunniness (and blatant homophobia) tied around its legs.

Full Review… | June 3, 2010
Daily Telegraph

James Marsden probably thought he could do no wrong after Hairspray and Enchanted. But he's unconvincing as the plot's inadvertent drug-taker who hallucinates his way through the movie. Ain't he the lucky one!

Full Review… | June 3, 2010
Birmingham Post

Audience Reviews for Death at a Funeral

½

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Honestly there's nothing wrong with Death At A Funeral that stands out particularly. A sigh of relief considering most Hollywood remakes bring shame to their inspirations. Either way it isn't bad but rather dissapointing, it boasts such a good cast. However the comic talent is far too restrained and frequently underused. It never really rises above the level of simple amusement, and has got very little that stands out, not only from comedy movies in general but also the original film it's based on. The fact that you can't really say much about it goes to show how unremarkable it is. There are a few laugh out loud moments, but the bottom line is despite engaging performances it lacks ambition and true comedic energy to work as a whole.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

½

Tracy Morgan and KEVIN HART

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

½

Neil LaBute is fast becoming a name to avoid. This isn't just a case of being a bad film compared to the original, it's just a bad film. The script is cringe-worthy, the jokes aren't very funny and the 'comedy timing' is non-existent - the biggest reason why the film fails. The women come off quite badly in this version too with each character having a fairly insulting trait. Bad performances, bad directing and bad ideas - what were they thinking? The only redeeming quality was James Marsden performance which raised a few and the only laughs of the picture.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

I see this Hollywood remake from the 2007's British original comedy film, the Anglo mourners were replaced by Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover and other Afro-American performers, presumably in an attempt to bring corpse comedy to a specific target market in the States.
With that eulogy complete, it might shock you - like learning your dead father had a gay dwarf lover - to discover the second Funeral stands up. On its own.
Despite very little changing in terms of plot and character arcs, not much effort is required to stop comparing the old and new.
Unlike most remakes, this one instantly benefits from its change of location and comedy stylings. While there isn't the predicted onslaught of "daaaaaaaaamn" additions, the shift to Afro-American affectations is subtly effective (without being quite as gut-busting as its source).
Rock replaces Matthew Macfadyen as the eldest brother, and his opening jive with an undertaker neatly sets the tone of what's to follow. When Morgan shows up as that neurotic guy who thinks he has a disease, and Zoe Saldana is the girlfriend of the bloke who accidentally drops acid (excellent James Marsden), their personable performances symbolise how Funeral doesn't behave like it's a rip-off.
No one channels their British counterpart; even Marsden finds different ways to wig out. When the only constant between the two films - Peter Dinklage - reprises his role as the short-statured man with a big secret, his interaction with Rock and Lawrence has more jest than from whence it derived.
Morgan also scores more highly on the rambling-ninny scale than his forebear, although he's helped by getting his hands dirty in one of the only sizeable variations in jokes (here's a hint: wheelchair-bound Danny Glover needs help going to the toilet).
Astoundingly, Lawrence isn't as aggravating as a mosquito in your mouth, but he capably slots in as the weak link. Rock tolerates Lawrence's paltry shots at being The Man, just as you'll be able to see past Big Momma and get a fresh kick out of this black comedy replay.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Death at a Funeral Quotes


Norman: You still smokin' that stuff? Derek: No no no, I'm gonna stop, all right? *You* used to smoke, we used to smoke *together*. Norman: I used to piss my pants and then I stopped!
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Jeff: He got in a fight with the table, and the table won.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Ryan: Well she may be in 12th grade, but that ass is in grad school.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Elaine: You're going to be a father. Oscar: I'm pregnant?
– Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
Aaron: You've got Jackie Chan in there! Mourner #1: Ahh shit! Aaron: You can't turn up here with the wrong bodies! This isn't Burger King. You can't just mess up my order!
– Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
Uncle Russell: Hey, let me tell you something about women. Smarter than you think they are, but not nearly as smart as *they* think they are.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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