Death at a Funeral (2007)

Death at a Funeral (2007)

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Death at a Funeral (2007)

Matthew McFadyen (In My Father’s Den) plays Daniel, who’s returned home for the death of his father. As the most responsible member of a chaotic and dysfunctional family, he’s busy trying to keep it all together. Things start off badly when the wrong coffin arrives at the house, get worse when his successful but reckless novelist brother tells him he’s can’t help pay for the funeral, and slide even further downhill when his cousin’s new boyfriend accidentally takes some hallucinogens. When a mysterious dwarf takes Daniel aside at the funeral to reveal a secret affair with his dead father, things really being to plummet.  

2007Rating: M, contains drug use and offensive language90 minsUK, USA
Comedy
Director:
Frank Oz ('The Stepford Wives', 'Bowfinger', 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels', voice of Miss Piggy)
Writer:
Dean Craig
Cast:
Matthew MacfadyenKeeley HawesAndy NymanEwen BremnerDaisy DonovanAlan TudykPeter Dinklage
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Reviews & comments

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There's no dearth of rude humor on screens right now, but Death at a Funeral stands apart because its characters - mostly reserved upper-middle-class British folk who have gathered to bury a patriarch - are determined to keep a stiff upper lip no matter what.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Scientists believe that black holes can slow down the progress of time. A similar effect can be felt by viewers of this damp squib of a farce as it grinds on from one lame set-up to the next.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

The humor manages to be simultaneously sophisticated, supremely silly and very dark. If you don't laugh at the preposterous situations a grieving family becomes entangled in - a naked mourner and a secret about the dead man that could blow the lid right off his coffin, for samplers - you may require some kind of scan to check the health of your funny bone.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's interesting to note that virtually every reputable American critic adored Death at a Funeral and every decent English critic loathed it. You may draw your own conclusions from that, but it's worth bearing in mind that American humour is not exactly subtle and Wasp Americans love seeing Brits make idiots of themselves because they secretly envy them...

2.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Death at a Funeral is lethal farce, combining hints of The Lavender Hill Mob, doses of Joe Orton and a smidgen of the Farrelly brothers' scatology in its mix. It's sillier but funnier than Knocked Up, the summer's other notable comedy.

0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Death At A Funeral was a surprise hit at the New Zealand International Film Festival earlier this year and while it's absurd, it's also a lot of fun...

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Someone call an undertaker: another stiff has arrived in the form of Death at a Funeral, a pulse-free farce that categorically proves mortality is no laughing matter. No wonder Mattthew Macfadyen looks so glum as he tries to keep a lid on the chaos that threatens to turn his father's burial into a drug-fuelled orgy.

0

Very enjoyable. One of those films that remind you how good British comedy is!

4.0
0

Intelligent, charming and excellent acting. This will become a classic.

5.0
0

Sure, this film has the odd funny moment, but frankly, if you've watched many sit-coms, British or American, chances are you've seen plenty of much funnier situations and have heard much funnier lines. Black Books, Flight of the Conchords, IT Crowd, Seinfeld, even Friends... all these shows have more to offer in terms of belly laughs than this movie. In...

2.0
0

Very dissapointing for a british comedy!

1.0
0

This film was a total crack up! I laughed like the whole time! Really enjoyed it, though maybe it was a little over done in places. Still, really cool!

3.0
0

poor compared with 4 weddings and a funeral quite disappointing

2.0
0

I hated this underwhelming waste of time. In spite of its englishness (which is really pretty overblown and forced), there's nothing sophisticated about it whatsoever. Faeces used for "humour"? - check. Gay dwarf? - check. People taking drugs unintentionally and then acting strangely? - check. It ticks all the "crap movie" boxes. Americans went...

1.0
0

Funny? No, crude and offensive language permeates this film. What are the minds of people like who make a film like this? No wonder there were only 4 people in the cinema to view this.

1.0
0

Agree with Flicks reviewer Andrew, it "weightless", but also disagree with him when he calls it "consistenly funny". lacks real humour, certainly not in the Alec Guinness or Peter Sellars mold.

2.0
0

British comedy is usually much better than this. Black Books is brilliant. This movie didn't cut it for me. Alan Tudyk's facial expressions were quite funny the first few times. There are some amusing moments but the repetitious 'f' word just becomes tedious. An old man crapping over someone else. Is that hilarious? Isn't that level of grossness is...

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There's no dearth of rude humor on screens right now, but Death at a Funeral stands apart because its characters - mostly reserved upper-middle-class British folk who have gathered to bury a patriarch - are determined to keep a stiff upper lip no matter what.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Scientists believe that black holes can slow down the progress of time. A similar effect can be felt by viewers of this damp squib of a farce as it grinds on from one lame set-up to the next.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

The humor manages to be simultaneously sophisticated, supremely silly and very dark. If you don't laugh at the preposterous situations a grieving family becomes entangled in - a naked mourner and a secret about the dead man that could blow the lid right off his coffin, for samplers - you may require some kind of scan to check the health of your funny bone.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's interesting to note that virtually every reputable American critic adored Death at a Funeral and every decent English critic loathed it. You may draw your own conclusions from that, but it's worth bearing in mind that American humour is not exactly subtle and Wasp Americans love seeing Brits make idiots of themselves because they secretly envy them...

2.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Death at a Funeral is lethal farce, combining hints of The Lavender Hill Mob, doses of Joe Orton and a smidgen of the Farrelly brothers' scatology in its mix. It's sillier but funnier than Knocked Up, the summer's other notable comedy.

0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Death At A Funeral was a surprise hit at the New Zealand International Film Festival earlier this year and while it's absurd, it's also a lot of fun...

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Someone call an undertaker: another stiff has arrived in the form of Death at a Funeral, a pulse-free farce that categorically proves mortality is no laughing matter. No wonder Mattthew Macfadyen looks so glum as he tries to keep a lid on the chaos that threatens to turn his father's burial into a drug-fuelled orgy.

0

Very enjoyable. One of those films that remind you how good British comedy is!

4.0
0

Intelligent, charming and excellent acting. This will become a classic.

5.0
0

Sure, this film has the odd funny moment, but frankly, if you've watched many sit-coms, British or American, chances are you've seen plenty of much funnier situations and have heard much funnier lines. Black Books, Flight of the Conchords, IT Crowd, Seinfeld, even Friends... all these shows have more to offer in terms of belly laughs than this movie. In...

2.0
0

Very dissapointing for a british comedy!

1.0
0

This film was a total crack up! I laughed like the whole time! Really enjoyed it, though maybe it was a little over done in places. Still, really cool!

3.0
0

poor compared with 4 weddings and a funeral quite disappointing

2.0
0

I hated this underwhelming waste of time. In spite of its englishness (which is really pretty overblown and forced), there's nothing sophisticated about it whatsoever. Faeces used for "humour"? - check. Gay dwarf? - check. People taking drugs unintentionally and then acting strangely? - check. It ticks all the "crap movie" boxes. Americans went...

1.0
0

Funny? No, crude and offensive language permeates this film. What are the minds of people like who make a film like this? No wonder there were only 4 people in the cinema to view this.

1.0
0

Agree with Flicks reviewer Andrew, it "weightless", but also disagree with him when he calls it "consistenly funny". lacks real humour, certainly not in the Alec Guinness or Peter Sellars mold.

2.0
0

British comedy is usually much better than this. Black Books is brilliant. This movie didn't cut it for me. Alan Tudyk's facial expressions were quite funny the first few times. There are some amusing moments but the repetitious 'f' word just becomes tedious. An old man crapping over someone else. Is that hilarious? Isn't that level of grossness is...

2.0
0