Daniel is a decent young man, married to Jane, still living at his father's home. When his father dies, it is up to him to organize his funeral. On this painful morning, the suitable grave expression on his face, Daniel is ready to welcome his father's friends and relatives. But preserving the dignity inherent in such circumstances will be a hard task. Particularly with an undertaker who botches his work, the return from the USA of his famous but selfish brother, his cousin's fiancé who has accidentally ingested drugs, the presence a moron who takes advantage of the sad event to win back the heart (or rather the body) of a woman who is about to marry another, of a handicapped old uncle who is also the most unbearable pain in the neck. To cap it all, Daniel notices the presence among the mourners of a mysterious dwarf nobody else seems to know...Written by
Frank Oz is a minor talent. He'll always be in the relationship with Jim Henson he presents here between the brothers: one is a highly successful creative talent, and the other just doesn't have it until or unless the chips are down. Then he can give a powerful, audience- stopping presentation of clichés. That's the story, the fold, that is at the heart of this: everything else is jokes.
These comic situations are very well paced, in the sense that the movie increases its tempo and the tone gets more and more artificially comic. Death, queerness, drug and poop jokes click, click click through the wheels turning faster. I laughed as I was supposed to, part of the machine. But it wasn't me as a person, it was me as part of an amused audience.
These sorts of things never work if you watch them alone, or with people other than those desperate to laugh.
Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.
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