Saturday, April 17, 2010

Death at a Funeral

Chris Rock leads an ensemble cast in this new comedy about a family who comes together at the funeral of the family patriarch and the hilarity that ensues. The standout comedic performance is given by James Marsden as the fiance of Zoe Saldana who is accidentally dosed with a hallucinogen and freaks out overturning the coffin and eventually ending up naked on the roof. Also worth mentioning is Peter Dinklage's role as the pint-sized former lover of the deceased and his extortion of the Aaron and Ryan, played by Rock and Martin Lawrence. It is odd that the best comedy performances are given by the only white members of an all black ensemble. The movie is a remake of the 2007 Frank Oz feature film which begs the question of why this film was needed so soon but, all and all, it is funny and worth seeing at a matinee if you have the time to kill.

Click here to check out the official website.

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