Death at a Funeral
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Death at a Funeral

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Director: Neil LaBute

Cast: Keith David, Chris Rock, Loretta Devine

     
 

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Frank Oz's 2007 black comedy Death at a Funeral is given the remake treatment with an urban spin in this Chris Rock-produced production. When a dysfunctional clan reuintes to mourn the passing of the family patriarch, a respectful funeral quickly turns into an all-out fiasco marked by bitterSee more details below

Overview

Frank Oz's 2007 black comedy Death at a Funeral is given the remake treatment with an urban spin in this Chris Rock-produced production. When a dysfunctional clan reuintes to mourn the passing of the family patriarch, a respectful funeral quickly turns into an all-out fiasco marked by bitter resentment, blackmail attempts, and scandalous revelations. Dean Craig penned the script for director Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man), with Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, and Danny Glover co-starring.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
While it's easy to be put off by the often confrontational quality of Neil LaBute's plays and movies, one would be foolish to deny that he is a skilled writer, in that he knows how to shape and pace an entire story. That particular gift serves him well as a director in his remake of the 2007 British film Death at a Funeral. LaBute's version stars Chris Rock as Aaron, a well-meaning guy attempting to pull off a respectable funeral service for his recently deceased dad. His good intentions are undone by the wacky family members he's forced to juggle: his ovulating baby-crazy wife keeps trying to seduce him; his horndog brother, Ryan (Martin Lawrence), won't help pay for the funeral; his cousin Elaine (Zoe Saldana) has accidentally dosed her boyfriend, Oscar (James Marsden), with a potent batch of LSD; and his crusty uncle Russell (Danny Glover) lacks all social graces. Throw in Norman (Tracy Morgan), a motor-mouthed family friend with an undiagnosed skin rash, as well as a blackmailing dwarf (Peter Dinklage), and soon Aaron has so many balls in the air that it seems inevitable they will all come crashing down. You might expect a movie as farcical as this one to slowly build to a breakneck pace, much like the classic screwball comedies, but LaBute -- working from a script by Dean Craig, who also wrote the 2007 original -- defies expectations by keeping a measured tempo throughout. He's confident the gags will work, so he doesn't feel the need to pile them right on top of each other. That's not to say there aren't some outrageous and hysterical set pieces, including a disgusting and hilarious scene between Uncle Russell and Norman that takes the phrase "toilet humor" more literally than you might expect. But even when LaBute pushes things to extremes, he slows it back down in an attempt to keep his characters from becoming caricatures. Sadly, his two lead actors aren't much help to him in that capacity. Chris Rock is the best standup comic of his generation, but he's never been a convincing movie actor. Sure he can be funny, and he sinks his teeth into his best lines with a shark-like tenacity, but there is a big difference between playing a comic persona and acting. Rock hasn't mastered that distinction yet, but he's more believable than Martin Lawrence. Thankfully, the rest of the cast delivers. Peter Dinklage -- reprising his part from the original movie -- is typically superb, Marsden keeps getting laughs with Oscar's increasingly erratic behavior, Danny Glover is a blast playing totally against type, and Tracy Morgan gets to deliver dozens of great lines, particularly a mini-rant about Kentucky Fried Chicken that could have come from the twisted mind of his 30 Rock character, Tracy Jordan. Add their sturdy support to LaBute's assured direction, and the result may not be as lively as you'd expect, but it's a long way from comedic death.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2010
UPC:
0043396350281
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
33,261

Special Features

Gag Reel; Deleted Scenes; Behind The Scenes; Commentary

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keith David Reverend Davis
Chris Rock Actor,Aaron
Loretta Devine Cynthia,Actor
Martin Lawrence Actor,Ryan
Peter Dinklage Frank,Actor
Tracy Morgan Actor,Norman
Ron Glass Duncan,Actor
Danny Glover Actor,Uncle Russell
Regina Hall Actor,Michelle
James Marsden Actor,Oscar
Kevin Hart Brian
Zoe Saldana Actor,Elaine
Columbus Short Actor,Jeff
Luke Wilson Actor,Derek
Regine Nehy Martina
Bob Minor Edward
Alexander Folk Middle Aged Man
Leslie Rivers Older Lady
Bronwyn Hardy Mourner #1
Willi Willis Mourner #2
Jamison Yang Asian Man
Betty K. Bynum Woman Mourner

Technical Credits
Neil LaBute Director
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Albert Cho Asst. Director
Chris Cornwell Art Director
Dean Craig Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Debra Denson Makeup
Lisa Deveaux Makeup
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Glenn S. Gainor Executive Producer
William Horberg Producer
Trae Ireland Associate Producer
Josh Kesselman Co-producer
Sidney Kimmel Producer
Maya Lieberman Costumes/Costume Designer
Laurence Malkin Producer
Barbara Mesney Set Decoration/Design
Judy Murdock Makeup
Chris Rock Producer
Kamani Sawyer Makeup
Share Stallings Producer
Jon Gary Steele Production Designer
Nicolas Stern Co-producer
Rogier Stoffers Cinematographer
Jim Tauber Executive Producer
Victoria Thomas Casting
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Toll Executive Producer
Tracey Wadmore-Smith Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Death at a Funeral
1. Scene 1 [2:22]
2. Scene 2 [5:04]
3. Scene 3 [2:03]
4. Scene 4 [3:20]
5. Scene 5 [4:40]
6. Scene 6 [5:52]
7. Scene 7 [3:32]
8. Scene 8 [1:55]
9. Scene 9 [5:20]
10. Scene 10 [2:11]
11. Scene 11 [6:42]
12. Scene 12 [2:43]
13. Scene 13 [3:34]
14. Scene 14 [4:25]
15. Scene 15 [2:52]
16. Scene 16 [1:41]
17. Scene 17 [4:24]
18. Scene 18 [3:19]
19. Scene 19 [:24]
20. Scene 20 [3:36]
21. Scene 21 [1:33]
22. Scene 22 [1:05]
23. Scene 23 [2:43]
24. Scene 24 [2:24]
25. Scene 25 [3:41]
26. Scene 26 [1:40]
27. Scene 27 [2:35]
28. Scene 28 [2:02]

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