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Death at a Funeral (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  7 September 2007 (USA)
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Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.

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Daniel is a decent young man, married to Jane, still living at his father's home. When his father dies, it is up to him to organize his funeral. On this painful morning, the suitable grave expression on his face, Daniel is ready to welcome his father's friends and relatives. But preserving the dignity inherent in such circumstances will be a hard task. Particularly with an undertaker who botches his work, the return from the USA of his famous but selfish brother, his cousin's fiancé who has accidentally ingested drugs, the presence a moron who takes advantage of the sad event to win back the heart (or rather the body) of a woman who is about to marry another, of a handicapped old uncle who is also the most unbearable pain in the neck. To cap it all, Daniel notices the presence among the mourners of a mysterious dwarf nobody else seems to know... Written by Guy Bellinger

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From director Frank Oz comes the story of a family that puts the F U in funeral. See more »

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Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Muerte en un funeral  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,282,973 (USA) (17 August 2007)

Gross:

£2,754,050 (UK) (9 July 2010)
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Frank Oz once said that it was impossible to make Peter Vaughan laugh on the set because he was so deeply into the crotchety character of Uncle Alfie. He was the only principal actor to refrain from "corpsing" throughout, thus there was no footage of Peter cracking up to use for the closing credit montage. See more »

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When Daniel is giving his final speech about his father at the funeral service, at one point, Jane is seen in close-up, looking at him, however, in the very next shot, she is looking down at a photograph in her hand. See more »

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Daniel: [giving instructions to the pallbearers] Just, uh, straight through there and to the left, please.
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Highbrow meets lowbrow: results in laughter
6 June 2007 | by (L.A.) – See all my reviews

I saw this at a screening and I had a rousing good time. It starts with a chuckle in the opening credits and slowly builds to spotty laughter, belly laughs, and loud groaning silliness. This is British farce with an expert ensemble cast. Everyone hits their marks and a couple go completely overboard and over-broad (Mr. Vaughn, we're looking at you.) Tudyk and Dinklage have the showiest parts and they feast on them. The rest of the cast is inspired and spot on.

It's a delightful combination of highbrow meeting lowbrow and everything in between. A dash of wit and charm mixed in with a few genuine surprises. A few old tropes are trotted out but there is a bit of backspin on them. If you want a laugh, go!


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