Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 2010. Screen Gems, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Wonderful Films, Parabolic Pictures Inc., Stable Way Entertainment. Screenplay by Dean Craig. Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers. Produced by William Horberg, Sidney Kimmel, Laurence Malkin, Chris Rock, Share Stallings. Music by Christophe Beck. Production Design by Jon Gary Steele. Costume Design by Maya Lieberman. Film Editing by Tracey Wadmore-Smith.
This near-exact remake of the 2007 British comedy takes place at the funeral of a beloved husband and father whose eldest son (Chris Rock) is undergoing a crisis: his family expects him to give the eulogy even though they keep reminding him that his highly successful brother (Martin Lawrence) is a better writer, his wife is ovulating and needs them to start baby-making right away, his uncle (Danny Glover) is a cantankerous curmudgeon whose mouth never stops, and his cousin (Zoe Saldana) accidentally gave her fiance (James Marsden) a hallucinogenic (thinking it was Valium) that is causing him to become quite the party animal during the service. Add to the mix the appearance of Peter Dinklage (repeating his role from the original), who shows up and tells Rock and Lawrence that he was their father’s lover and is entitled to a part of his estate, something that the boys are now determined not to let their high-strung mother (Loretta Devine) find out. There are a few laughs spread out here and there, but for the most part the film is uneven and awkward, hampered by a weak performance by Rock in the lead and a dissatisfying ending.