MONKEY REVIEW: Death At A Funeral

March 1, 2008

Frank Oz’s Death At A Funeral suffers from some predictable moments, and certainly isn’t the most original comedy I’ve ever seen, but it is frequently hilarious, and when it comes down to it, isn’t that all audiences really want from a comedy? It focuses on the funeral of a British patriarch made chaotic by family disputes, secrets, and a hallucinogenic drug, among other complications. The large cast, which includes Matthew MacFadyen, Rupert Graves, Keely Hawes, Daisy Donovan, Andy Nyman, Peter Dinklage and Alan Tudyk, does a great job, with some of the funniest moments coming from their inspired reactions to each other. At a very fast paced 90 minutes, Death At A Funeral never wears out its welcome, and even saves a big laugh for the very end.

MONKEY RATING: TWO MONKEYS

(For a brief explanation of the Monkey Review rating system, click here.)

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