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Death At A Funeral

on August 17, 2007 by Tim Cogshell
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In the first scene of Death at a Funeral , the wrong coffin arrives at the pastoral home of a widow where the funeral of her now-dead husband will be held amidst a large eccentric family wherein there is a secret that will come out before the box goes in the ground. And things only spin out of control from there.

After the Stepford Wives debacle, director Frank Oz comes back strong with this absolutely uproarious British comedy of no manners. Funny in all the right ways and for all the right reasons, Death at a Funeral is technically constructed from all the same material of like-minded big American comedies (read: Wedding Crashers ), including everything from slapstick to pratfalls, but there is a wit in the language that is undeniably English. Still, the British are in fact well-versed in the more rude modes of humor as any watcher of BBC America will know, but somehow (perhaps it's the accent) it all seems more sophisticated and less embarrassing when they do it.

Particular note should be made of the hilarious work by Alan Tudyk ( Dodgeball ), who is hell-bent on outing the family secret.
Distributor: MGM
Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Graves, Alan Tudyk, Daisy Donovan, Kris Marshall, Andy Nyman, Jane Asher, Ewen Bremner and Peter Dinklage
Director: Frank Oz
Screenwriter: Dean Craig
Producers: Sidney Kimmel, Laurence Malkin, Diana Phillips and Share Stallings
Genre: Comedy drama
Rating: R for language and drug content
Running time: 95 min.
Release date: August 17, 2007 ltd.
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