Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence attend a Death at a Funeral (2010)
In the 2010 American version of the 2007 British comedy Death at a Funeral we witness the gathering of the family of the late Edward Barnes. However, long before he is put to the ground, skeletons start creeping out of the closet which makes an occasion that could kill you with laughter.
On the day of their father’s funeral, Aaron (Chris Rock) and Ryan (Martin Lawrence), find out that life does not always go as planned right from the start.
For starters, they find the body in their house is not their father’s, then all hell breaks loose when a mysterious dwarf named Frank (Peter Dinklage) arrives and threatens to show photographs of intimate moments with their father to their mother if he is not compensated.
The film employs quite a cast including comics Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Peter Dinklage who reprises his role from the original film, Columbus Short, Regina Hall, Zoe Saldana, James Marsden, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover and Tracey Morgan.
The gags are outrageous and take a pun at skeletons hidden in our own closets.
They find out that their father has been leading a double life, one as a devoted father and husband, and the other as carefree gay man.
Their friends, Norman (Morgan) is hypersensitive and seems to take everything a little too seriously and Derek (Wilson) cannot get over the fact that he is no longer with their cousin Elaine (Saldana) and with their grumpy old uncle Russell (Glover) pushing everyone over the limit, someone will surely die at this gathering.
Unfortunately, I can’t make a comparison to the original 2007 British version but from reviews it seems that this version drops a class lower as I would expect so.
I’m not implying that the film was done poorly, but it seems the change of setting and character did not suit the script especially when original had already set the pace. However, there are funny moments that should tickle your funny bone.