Death At A Funeral (2010)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 2010.  Screen Gems, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Wonderful Films, Parabolic Pictures Inc., Stable Way Entertainment.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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 () is a better writer, his wife is ovulating and needs them to start baby-making right away, his uncle () is a cantankerous curmudgeon whose mouth never stops, and his cousin () accidentally gave her fiance () 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  (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 () 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.

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