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Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Matthew MacFadyen, Andy Nymen, Ewen Bramner, Alan Tudyk, Jane Asher, Kris Marshall, Rupert Graves, Peter Dinklage, Keeley Hawes
Director Frank Oz (Stepford Wives, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) is actually best known for his Muppet voice work, including Bert on Sesame Street, but in Death At A Funeral, he shows that he can still crank out a pretty good comedy when he wants to. The cast here is superb and get all they can from Dean Craig’s witty screenplay. Some of the scenes are silly, and many of the best lines are in the trailers, but this is still a smart, funny and enjoyable small-scale comedy.
Daniel’s (Matthew MacFadyen) father has passed away and all Daniel wants to do is give him a dignified send off by inviting family and friends to the family home for the funeral. This soon proves trickier than you would think, what with unintentional drug abuse, a crotchety wheelchair bound Uncle, family money disputes, romantic pressures and a small problem in the form of a mysterious, small-statured guest (Peter Dinklage)who would like a private word with Daniel about his father…
Death At A Funeral is a fine British comedy about a funeral that is rigorously, and hilariously, adhering to Murphy’s Law. This film is another in the genre of family get-together comedies that plays kind of like a darker, funnier version of Father of the Bride, or My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and is worth checking out on TV or video.