DEATH AT A FUNERAL
Raunchy, Immoral Comedy
Release Date: April 16, 2010
Starring: Keith David, Loretta Devine, Peter Dinklage, Ron Glass, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Columbus Short, and Luke Wilson
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Neil LaBute
Writer: Dean Craig
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From the opening scene in which the hearse delivers the wrong casket to their family’s Pasadena home for an in-house funeral, Aaron (played by Chris Rock) knows this is going to be a long day. Chaos ensues as members of the immediate family as well as the extended family arrive at the house. Each of them brings another piece of the dysfunctional puzzle to the home.
The cast of characters includes Aaron’s brother (played Martin Lawrence), a successful New York novelist whose rivalry with Aaron is well-documented, and Aaron’s wife Michelle who needs her husband to go upstairs with her on the day of his father’s funeral because she is ready to conceive. Adding to the mix are Aaron’s uncle (played Danny Glover), a vile old man whose foul mouth is only eclipsed by his foul bowel trouble and Aaron’s cousin whose fiancé is tripping on LSD after mistaking it for Valium. The entire family is unable to put aside their petty squabbles in order to pay respect to their dearly departed.
Things go from bad to worse when a mysterious man shows up and demands a payout of $30,000 to keep a secret about Aaron’s father from his mother. The man reveals himself as the father’s longtime lover, and he has the incriminating photos to prove their homosexual affair. As the story, and the comedy, spiral downward, Aaron must find a way to resolve his family’s differences and salvage whatever is left of his deceased father’s dignity.
DEATH AT A FUNERAL is a filthy, vulgar comedy with no redeeming quality whatsoever. It contains deplorable content, pretty much from start to finish. The comedy is barely laughable because it is so base. The movie quickly spirals from shocking to repulsive. From disgusting scatological humor to an over-abundance of foul language, from strong homosexual content to the most base of jesting, this movie is filled with immoral content and has nothing redeemable whatsoever. Even the biblical references and singing of “Amazing Grace” are an attempt at the basest form of sacrilege. Anyone with any sense of media discernment will avoid this movie, no matter what. For a list of positive movies that offer a moral alternative to this filth, please see the reviews at www.movieguide.org.
DEATH AT A FUNERAL is filthy, vulgar comedy with no redeeming quality whatsoever. It contains deplorable content, pretty much from start to finish. The comedy is barely laughable because it is so base. The movie quickly spirals from shocking to repulsive. It contains disgusting scatological humor, an over-abundance of foul language, strong homosexual content, and the basest kind of jesting. Media-wise viewers can find more worthwhile faire at movieguide.org.