Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA/Germany/United Kingdom/The Netherlands, 2007. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Parabolic Pictures Inc., Stable Way Entertainment, VIP 1 Medienfonds, VIP 2 Medienfonds, Target Media Entertainment, Film Sales Financing. Screenplay by Dean Craig. Cinematography by Oliver Curtis. Produced by Andreas Grosch, Sidney Kimmel, Laurence Malkin, Diana Phillips, Share Stallings. Music by Murray Gold. Production Design by Michael Howells. Costume Design by Natalie Ward. Film Editing by Beverley Mills.
Matthew Macfadyen is superbly frustrated on the day of his father’s funeral: nothing is going right in preparation for the ceremony, and now his successful author brother (Rupert Graves) has shown up and seems determined to not be helpful at all. Meanwhile his mother (Jane Asher) is rendered useless by grief and his wife (a lovely Keeley Hawes) is trying to be as patient as possible, but all is his problem to deal with. Things go superbly haywire when one relative (Alan Tudyk) accidentally takes a hallucinogenic thinking it is a nerve-calming valium and causes mayhem during the service, then a strange man (Peter Dinklage) shows up and announces that he is the deceased father’s ex-lover and would like some financial compensation for his silence. This enjoyable comedy is one hilarious mishap after another, in the end a slight, not-so-memorable souffle that is still enjoyable thanks to terrific performances and a wacky sense of humour. Remade in the US a few years later with almost the exact same script and Dinklage reprising the same role.