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Death at a Funeral (2007)

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

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Frank Oz

Writer:

Dean Craig
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Daniel (as Matthew MacFadyen)
Keeley Hawes ... Jane
Andy Nyman ... Howard
Ewen Bremner ... Justin
Daisy Donovan ... Martha
Alan Tudyk ... Simon
Jane Asher ... Sandra
Kris Marshall ... Troy
Rupert Graves ... Robert
Peter Vaughan ... Uncle Alfie
Thomas Wheatley Thomas Wheatley ... The Reverend
Peter Egan ... Victor
Peter Dinklage ... Peter
Brendan O'Hea Brendan O'Hea ... Undertaker
Jeremy Booth ... Mourner
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Storyline

Daniel is a decent young man, married to Jane, still living at his father's home. When his father dies, it is up to him to organize his funeral. On this painful morning, the suitable grave expression on his face, Daniel is ready to welcome his father's friends and relatives. But preserving the dignity inherent in such circumstances will be a hard task. 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. To cap it all, Daniel notices the presence among the mourners of a mysterious dwarf nobody else seems to know... Written by Guy Bellinger

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From director Frank Oz comes the story of a family that puts the F U in funeral. See more »

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Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,282,973, 19 August 2007

Gross USA:

$8,579,684
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The actors who played married couple, Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen) and Jane (Keeley Hawes), are husband and wife in real life. See more »

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Daniel: [giving instructions to the pallbearers] Just, uh, straight through there and to the left, please.
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a man's funeral turns into a three-ring circus
17 September 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Death at a Funeral" is a hilarious British black comedy from 2007 starring Matthew MacFadyen, Peter Dinklage, Jane Asher, Alan Tudyk, Kris Marshall, Rupert Graves, and Peter Vaughan.

A family gathers for the patriarch's funeral: his wife (Asher), his son Daniel (MacFadyen) and his wife Jane (Keely Hawes, MacFadyen's real-life wife), and his son Robert (Rupert Graves). Robert is a well-known author living in a New York City penthouse; Daniel and Jane have been looking after his parents but now are planning to get a flat further away. Daniel and Robert are supposed to split the cost of the funeral, but Robert claims to have no money because it's expensive to keep up his lifestyle. He also won't give the eulogy, though everyone who walks in asks him if he's going to. Meanwhile, Daniel practices a eulogy but never seems to get past, "My father was an exceptional man." Meanwhile, the funeral home has brought the wrong body and has to return to get the right one.

Daniel and Robert's cousin Martha (Daisy Donovan) is attending the funeral with her boyfriend Simon (Tudyk). When they go to pick up Troy (Marshall), Martha gives the nervous Simon what she thinks is a Valium. It's a hallucinogenic concocted by Troy, who is a pharmacy student. By the time they get to the wedding, Simon is acting strangely. Not as strangely as he would act later on, but strangely.

Daniel notices a dwarf (Dinklage) at the funeral; the man says he wants to speak with Daniel privately. His name is Peter.

That's all I'll say but the story becomes more and more bizarre and funny, including a hypochondriac with a discoloration on his wrist that he's sure is a dreaded disease, blackmail, nudity, a locked bathroom, and lots of other things.

Very, very entertaining with fine performances, no one going for laughs, just playing the characters. That's really the way to do it. One of my favorite parts occurs when Robert tries to dismiss the problems brought in by Peter, saying, "Oh, no one even noticed him." "No one noticed him?" Daniel asks. "He's 4'5!" A lovely ending puts the cap on this entertaining film.


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