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Death at a Funeral (2007)

Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.

Director:

Frank Oz

Writer:

Dean Craig
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Daniel (as Matthew MacFadyen)
Keeley Hawes ... Jane
Andy Nyman ... Howard
Ewen Bremner ... Justin
Daisy Donovan ... Martha
Alan Tudyk ... Simon
Jane Asher ... Sandra
Kris Marshall ... Troy
Rupert Graves ... Robert
Peter Vaughan ... Uncle Alfie
Thomas Wheatley Thomas Wheatley ... The Reverend
Peter Egan ... Victor
Peter Dinklage ... Peter
Brendan O'Hea Brendan O'Hea ... Undertaker
Jeremy Booth ... Mourner
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Storyline

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 Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

Last rites... and wrongs. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany | UK | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death at a Funeral See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€15,223 (Netherlands), 22 July 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,282,973, 19 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,579,684, 30 December 2007
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Keeley Hawes (Jane) was pregnant with her second child while filming. See more »

Goofs

If Uncle Alfie was confined to a wheelchair, how did he get onto the roof? See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daniel: [giving instructions to the pallbearers] Just, uh, straight through there and to the left, please.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits give the name of each performer with a blooper shot of them cracking up during filming. See more »


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Performed by Yamit Mamo
Written by Murray Gold
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The Younger Brother
15 September 2007 | by tedgSee all my reviews

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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