A dignified funeral ceremony erupts in uproarious chaos when a family is forced to come to terms with each otherâ€™s bad behavior, outrageous faults and hidden secrets.
Death at a Funeral, directed by Frank Oz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), is well worth the 91 minutes of your time. While the many drug induced incidents and their resulting comic male nudity rightly earned the film its ‘R’ rating, this exhilarating film about a family in grief is solid proof of Murphy’s Law. In a sincere attempt to hold an honorable funeral, the family is faced with naked, drugged future in-laws, a handicapped uncle with a bowl problem, and a four foot tall blackmailer, just to name a few. This movie will have you at the edge of your seat, asking yourself the age old question, “What else can go wrong?”.
In a world where things rarely go as planned, Death at a Funeral will strike a chord with the many people who have been witness to a day gone awry. The language is slightly rough but not out of place, the characters can be easily related with, and the film overall successfully shows an average British family with not so average dilemmas.
Review by Matthew A. Ruane