A dignified send-off for a loved one erupts into uproarious chaos when a myriad of outrageous calamities befall the eccentric grief stricken mourners.
The death of Daniel and Robert's father brings their entire dysfunctional family together to mourn his passing. When a man shows up at the funeral threatening to reveal the deceased man's shocking secret unless he gets some cash, the two brothers are forced to figure out a way to deal with the blackmailer. As they pull out every stop to try and prevent any news from spreading to the guests, the ceremony turns into complete chaos.
Last Rites And Wrongs
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 graveside in the irreverent British comedy, Death at a Funeral. Directed by Frank Oz and featuring a cast made up of the cream of Britains crop, the film mischievously explores what happens on the day when a typically divided family is finally forced to come to terms with each others bad behaviour, outrageous faults, skeletons in the closet and all.
On the morning of their father's funeral, the family and friends of the deceased each arrives with his or her own roiling anxieties. Son, Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen) knows he will have to face his flirty, blowhard famous novelist brother, Robert (Rupert Graves), who's just flown in from New York, not to mention the promises of a new life hes made to his new wife, Jane (Keeley 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.
I found this dvd to be very funny. My husband & I watched it one evening and never stopped laughing from go to whoa. Death is not a laughing matter, but what happens at this funeral is certainly funny,
Brings tears to your eyes, brings outbursts of laughter and overall feel good vibe. Mostly, death being taken so seriously, this move is starting along the same line, flips things upside down and shows that this process has its own humor in it. Excellent cast, portraying characters with utter exactitude, lively and hilarious interactions is a must see. Comedy of 2008.
This was a bit comedy hit at cinemas earlier this year (2008) here in New Zealand. And it is very funny. It's not earth shattering, it's not the most profound movie ever made...but it's not trying to be. It's just trying to be funny and entertaining. And it is. Alan Tudyk (previously seen in "Dodgeball") is excellent, but top marks go to Peter Dinklage ("The Station Agent"), whose straight faced telling of his realtionship to the deceased is hilarious. A very funny film, highly recommended for a great evening's entertainment.
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