Keith Hamshere
Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 15, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Death at a Funeral

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
04/16/10
performer
Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Luke Wilson
director
Neil LaBute
distributor
Screen Gems Inc.
author
Dean Craig
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B+

A mysterious guest (Peter Dinklage) with a secret rattles an already dysfunctional clan at a memorial service for the family patriarch. (Perhaps in homage to the funnier The Wrong Box, undertakers first bring…the wrong box.) By the end of Death at a Funeral‘s effortful farce about busted British propriety, you may feel that peculiar facial ache that comes from wishing to laugh with no really satisfying release. Working with a broad script by Dean Craig, director Frank Oz goes for American-style physicality, marching his players around a country house in which a toilet, alas, plays a big part.

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