Death at a Funeral
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This nutty British comedy observes with jet-black humor the myriad outrageous calamities that befall an eccentric English clan with more than a few skeletons in its closets when its patriarch dies an unexpected death. Soon, every complication imaginable -- including the wrong corpse in the coffin, the accidental consumption of hallucinogenic drugs, and the disclosure of the deceased's closeted homosexuality -- befall the grief-stricken mourners. The funeral commences at the family estate, with the arrival of younger son Daniel (Matthew MacFadyen), who has long felt uncomfortable around his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's no classic, but it did prompt me to watch those great old Ealing Alec Guinness comedies again."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Weighing in at a brisk 90 minutes, the picture does have the advantage of brevity, and on screen no less than off, there's much to be said for a quick send-off."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Proves you can spell funeral without 'fun.' [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Lazy comedy, and it's only made passable mainly by its manic cast and pace."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Death be not proud, but it sure be funny in this deliciously dark comedy."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Scatological grue, nudity, swearing, drug-taking and the chance to watch two grown men wrestle a midget..."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Time Out
"Death at a Funeral may be the funniest movie ever set in such a deadly serious setting."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Death at a Funeral never quite hits the farcical heights it's aiming for, but it's still got plenty going for it, thanks to an excellent cast and experienced direction."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Despite a final half hour that's full of laughs, Death takes so long getting its farce gears moving that the audience becomes comatose with anticipation of mirth that is too late in coming."
‑ Alonso Duralde,
"Who knew the man behind Miss Piggy (literally) did English humor so well?"
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Death at a Funeral might have been made in the 1960s, not to be released until well past its stale date."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"No, there aren't a lot of surprise giggles in it. But at this Funeral, the pleasure is in seeing those giggles coming."
‑ , Denver Post
"When turned loose on accessible, not altogether-insincere dark-comedy scenarios, Frank Oz understands humor at a molecular level of structure, volume and timing. An impossible last-shot stinger aside, "Death at a Funeral" is farce at its most flawless."
‑ Nick Rogers,
" ingratiating bit of energetic silliness that'll surely delight fans of British comedy..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Oz goes back to the well and taps into British humor, which has been so influential over the years for him, going back to The Muppet Show" in the 70s"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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