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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel (as Matthew MacFadyen)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 September 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muerte en un funeral  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£2,754,050 (UK) (9 July 2010)

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The actors who played married couple, Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen) and Jane (Keeley Hawes), are husband and wife in real life. See more »


When Simon gets out of the bathroom window he is completely naked, but moments later he appears in the same position leaning over to spit and you can see the edge of his underwear at the bottom right of the screen. See more »


[first lines]
Daniel: [giving instructions to the pallbearers] Just, uh, straight through there and to the left, please.
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Very good British farce
20 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's been a while since there's been a genuinely good British farce, but this one pressed all the right buttons. Memorable performances from Andy Nyman playing neurotic fool Howard and straight man Matthew MacFadyen make this a real crowd pleaser. Comedy is edgy enough for teens to enjoy although overall it will probably appeal to slightly older audiences. It would be great if this could do a Four Weddings. Only downer is the miscasting of the drug dealing brother who seems far too middle class and unrealistic for role. And the 'drug' joke seems to go on a bit. Uncle Alfie is an absolute hoot and script is generally full of some really good gags.

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