Death at a Funeral (2007) - Comedy

Hohum Score

10

Engaging

Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 27 out of 229 found boring (11.79%)

One-line Reviews (86)

I saw this at a screening and I had a rousing good time.

How often are viewers given the chance to watch an utterly engaging comedy that portrays people as they so often are, a muddle of good qualities and not so good qualities, the stuff that makes us all human.

Who would expect hallucinogenic drugs, homosexual adultery, human waste (literally), nudity, and much more such unexpected surprises in a funeral?

slow to start but enjoyable once it hits its stride .

Farcical funeral is well worth watching .

Unfortunately, with the poor editing, what could be fun just gets boring.

Slow to warm-up, fortunately this understated British comedy fires on all cylinders when a wake is interrupted by the bizarre activities of its guests, among them a blackmailing dwarf (Drinklage), a drug-affected naked man (Tudyk) and the incontinence of the ageing and slightly demented Peter Vaughan character whose unfortunate nephew (Nyman) must tend to his care in comical fashion.

Peter Dinklage and Alan Tudyk save the day (as usual) but the rest of this movie is pretty trite.

While British comedies tend to be funny, "Death at a Funeral" comes to America as an exception: it is just a boring movie with a few inspired moments, uneven gags, an irregular cast and a terrible editing.

The dialogue is laboured and predictable, it's full of clichés.

Doesn't always ignite, but despite the slow start an very occasional misfire, director Frank Oz's expertise knows how to build the momentum to a rousing and farcical climax that's sufficiently worth the wait.

But sometimes the same repetition brings on the unexpected.

I kept confusing the women and several of the men to the point where I got more and more annoyed.

Particularly with an undertaker who botches his work, the return from the USA of his famous but selfish brother, his cousin's fiancé who has accidentally ingested drugs, the presence a moron who takes advantage of the sad event to win back the heart (or rather the body) of a woman who is about to marry another, of a handicapped old uncle who is also the most unbearable pain in the neck.

Peter Vaughan as Uncle Alfie was also entertaining as the slightly anachronistic swearing old uncle.

Bland .

A solid, entertaining and delightfully unpredictable British comedy .

Unfunny, unexciting and unattractively peopled with bland Brits .

the script was funny and unexpected.

One of the more unexpected chuckles occurs as he is expressing his immense frustration just as the reverend has stepped up to him to ask a question.

A tedious farce .

And though there are two passable performances, Alan Tudyk (Dodgeball) and the magnetic Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent) as a quasi-"widowed" ex-lover, these performances were so excessively handicapped by a web of cliché'd farce and poorly conceived plot, that they were doomed to be lost.

This movie can be added to another long list of modern day 'cheat films', in which the director has no decent story or plot, but by throwing in a bunch of quirky sub-plots or bizarre characters he/she figures they can fill out an entertaining 90 minutes and keep the audience interested.

If a movie is good enough for a whole cinema to burst out laughing and bring some people to their feet, it's definitely worth watching.

Well, there was a nice five minute bit near the end of the movie when a lot things that were bizarre enough to make me laugh happened at a frisk pace but you have to bear like 75 minutes of utter boredom to reach those bits.

Blame the scriptwriter who came up with a rather dull script with switched bodies, wrong drugs, a dark secret and familial unhappiness.

The length these people go to to try and make this day any worse is unbearable.

The first 30 minutes of film are almost unbearable, with jokes that do not work (the 'wrong coffin', the tedious opening credits), and some gags don't even look like gags.

It is slow, gets nowhere and stays there...

Boring, pseudo, non-black comedy .

Most of the humor revolves around the effects of a hallucinogen--predictable, but truly hilarious--as well as photographs of the deceased demonstrating an unexpected facet of his life.

This, i don't even know how to call it, journey from the mistaken body that was brought to Daniel and right upon the very end concluded also by Daniel with that impressive speech(Robert's words) is highly entertaining...

The other actors did an OK performance but the boring plot did not leave them any chances to shine.

The makers of this film have managed to find something intelligent to do all through and as an avid fan of this sort of humour, I was completely immersed.

Our theater came with it's own canned laughter, otherwise, ZZZZZZZZZZZ .

" A lovely ending puts the cap on this entertaining film.

Death at a funeral is full of clichés and enjoyable.

But I bet it will be very entertaining I think the world has gone to He!!

Dull!

It is definitely an enjoyable comedy with quite a few very awkward moments and a heart in the right place.

, ENJOYABLE) movie without all the indecency.

The first part of the movie was quite boring as it mainly talks about characters and the situation.

Luckily, it did not and the ending, while a tad predictable in places, was very good and very funny.

It needed rapid-fire and clever humour, instead of which potentially humorous situations were drawn out agonizingly till there was nothing funny left.

He grows funnier and begins to balance out more with the film's riveting main chaotic farcical turning points.

On a slightly dull side, the plot follows a fairly predictable route of pretty classic gags.

Manic British comedy attempts to speed up an initially slow start by introducing more and more absurdities into a funeral gathering until actually becoming anything worth laughing at.

A disappointing, boringly predictable sitcom .

Overall a very entertaining movie.

And I wish now I had taken note of the other review, where the Reviewer said it was one of the only films he actually walked out of!

This story is unfunny, unexciting and unattractively peopled with bland Brits.

The laughs are just too contrived - even for a farce.

, the pill idea was good, but drawn out WAY too long.

Some truly exceptional moments on screen make for a most entertaining film.

I stayed with it because I read that, despite a slow start, it gathers momentum into a kind of Fawlty Towers farce/comedy of errors.

The film takes a little while to get going and there aren't always that many laugh-out-loud moments, but it's still a good film and well worth watching.

the movie is slow, the jokes are mediocre and like most reviewers here write the movie tries to be subtle.

The direction was predictable and tedious.

And I only give it a 9 as the first part was quite confusing.

I laughed a lot, and it is a very well written, acted, and entertaining movie.

Very few of the laughs came from inspired characters or a sharp script - they were just cheap and predictable.

This movie was pretty predictable.

Predictable, plodding, old fashioned and unfunny.

The first part of the film is rather slow, and it isn't as accessible to those who don't have the acquired taste (for those that don't get it at first, stick with it, it gets better.

Slow paced and runs out of steam (and jokes) .

Sometimes it dragged badly.

Very, very entertaining with fine performances, no one going for laughs, just playing the characters.

Pointless & Plot less.

A amateur drug maker "hides" his latest batch in an empty valium bottle then leaves the room.

The first half an hour was quite predictable and the story races after wards.

These criteria are admirably fulfilled in 'Death at a funeral', and the result is one ongoing 90-minute long yawn, entirely predictable situations and tired gags.

My only remark on this, is that certain characters may have been worked more thoroughly, except for the main character(s), most characters have got a rather dull personality or we don't get to know them.

Put a group of people at a point in their life where need is greater than the society in the grimmest of occasions and the end result of it is pure chaos and confusion.

They go to a funeral where the taker has hallucinations and very predictable stuff happens.

If you enjoy the trailer it's definitely worth watching.

Throw in some queer-a*se kung foo kid and a bunch of crazy punks that just want to kill and destroy, and you've got the empty spaces of the film filled out.

Predictable, sometimes distasteful, not very original, and to what end did some of the swearing add?

It's just the most boring script full of obvious lines and situations.

Some funerals are more entertaining than weddings .

One unexpected calamity after another.

I've talked to people of different ages who have seen this movie and they really enjoyed it.

It might well be that I found most of the plot boring because it was just so easy to guess what would happen next at any given point of the movie.

Otherwise I found this predictable and dare I say it....

Nevertheless, there was some clever acting, and the editing and comedic timing was very snappy and well done.

The distraught wife (naturally) the interfering father, the clumsy put upon annoying friend, and the secret homosexual affair, with a person of small stature, all added up to a formulaic farce that was being played out 40 years ago in other British farces a la Brian Rix.

The speech at the last scene was exciting.