Film: Death at a Funeral

Opened: April 16, 2010

Directed by: Neil LaBute

Starring: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Peter Dinklage, Loretta Devine, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, Zoe Saldana, James Marsden, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson, Keith David, Ron Glass, Kevin Hart, Regine Nehy & Robert Lee Minor

Although funny from start to finish, there’s little to no substance in Death at a Funeral.

On the day of Edward Barnes’ (Robert Lee Minor) funeral, his son Aaron (Chris Rock) is trying to run the show despite the crazy antics of his family. When Frank Lovett (Peter Dinklage) shows up and reveals a big secret, pandemonium ensues.

The comedic talent in this film is incredible. With Rock and Martin Lawrence in the leads and great supporting turns from Zoe Saldana, James Marsden and Regina Hall, you won’t stop laughing. They all complement each other, and you’ll wonder what’s scripted and what’s improvised.

There are outdated themes here. LGBTQIA+ characters are the butt of several jokes and there are many inappropriate remarks from Lawrence’s character toward an underage girl.

Final say: Good and bad. ★★★☆☆

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