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Death at a Funeral-Movie Review 05/11/2014

Posted by Films to consider in British, Comedy.
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Death at a Funeral (British) 2007

Directed by Frank Oz
Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Jane Asher, Ewen Bremner, Peter Dinklage, Daisy Donovan, and Peter Egan

Daniel’s extended family is about to arrive for his father’s funeral, and he is hoping for a most dignified affair. From the very first moments, that was not to be the case; amidst all the usual and unusual family interactions, a secret is revealed and soon there are two bodies in the casket.

A thoroughly British comedy that was much funnier than I expected. Although the movie was not an award winner, it does get high audience reviews. Star Matthew Macfadyen as Daniel will be familiar from many other roles; his wife in the movie, Keeley Hawes, is his real-life wife (which I didn’t know) and former MI-5 co-star (which I did know). They are accompanied by a motley collection of characters, all contributing to the mayhem that ensues.

90 min. Rated R.