But I can mention what deft timing and high energy this cast has, each actor finding the rhythm for each character instead of all racing about in manic goofiness. That's when I laughed the most. Aaron dreams of publishing a novel, while his younger brother Ryan has published several, which sound like porn to me, but hey, they're in print. Duncan Barnes, Jeff and Elaine's father. Dinklage, for example, is as good at playing dead serious as , and here he's always on tone for a man who has come for compelling personal reasons. Many of the people I just mentioned provided many good laughs, especially Marsden as a drugged wanderer, though there were also some-pardon the pun-dead spots as well. Jeff later reveals to Elaine that it is a powerful drug he has concocted for a friend.
Consider the scene when Uncle Russell eats too much nut cake and is seized by diarrhea. There's a smooth logic to it that works like spatial punchlines. There's no use in my providing a blow by blow of the plot, since it's deliriously screwball and it doesn't much matter what happens, as long as something always is. This version was directed by Neil LaBute with a cast that included Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Luke Wilson, Zoe Saldana, James Marsden, Peter Dinklage the only one to reprise his role from the previous version , and Danny Glover. Aaron is approached by an unknown guest, a named Frank , who reveals himself to be the secret lover of his late father.
Aaron yells for everyone's attention as he delivers a moving and impromptu eulogy, saying that his father was a good man with flaws like everyone else. Dinklage also played the same role in the original. Screwball depends crucially on us knowing where key characters are, and why. The funeral is taking place at home, because that's how the deceased wanted it. It's a remake of a Frank Oz-helmed film for Britain that came out just three years ago. Jeff also enters the room, telling them that it is the same hallucinogen Oscar took earlier.
Since I hadn't seen Oz' version, however, I can't compare them yet. But playing proper upper-crust characters tends to restrain them. Frank turns violent, but Aaron and Ryan subdue him, tying him up to prevent him from leaving. As guests begin to arrive, Daniel struggles to complete a eulogy, even though everyone expects Robert will be the one to deliver it. When Jeff and Norman, who are supposed to be watching Frank, get distracted by Uncle Russell , Frank releases himself from his bonds and is knocked unconscious upon falling over and hitting his head on a table.
The mourners arrive after various adventures of the cadaver, and get into all sorts of bizarre and dire trouble in ways that the screenplay carefully explains. Advertisement Loretta Devine has a possibly thankless role as the surviving matriarch, but her timing is delicious as she associates the death of a husband with the absence of a grandchild. Robert arrives, having flown First Class, but declines to help finance the funeral, leaving Daniel to cover all the expenses. I don't laugh at movies where the characters are deliberately being vulgar. Elaine tells Oscar that Derek forcibly kissed her and calms him down by revealing she is pregnant. Their emotions are closer to the surface, and these actors work together like a stock company.
Aaron and Ryan's cousin Elaine and her fiancé Oscar are on their way to pick up Elaine's brother Jeff before heading to the funeral. British actors are rightly known for their skill, and there were some good ones in the 2007 version of the same screenplay. While Aaron awkwardly tries to give his speech, Frank starts banging on the coffin, then suddenly forces it open and emerges. For the character of Frank, the mysterious guest who wants to speak privately with the dead man's sons, it even uses the same actor, , and he's funnier this time. Advertisement I laughed all the way through, in fact. Aaron and Ryan say goodbye while Ryan gets a ride to the airport from Martina, whom he had been trying to seduce all day. And oooh, that's a mean line about R.
He is the lover of Aaron's and Ryan's father. Sibling rivalry, meddling family members, and a little stranger with a big secret threaten to blow the lid off the coffin when Aaron struggles to give his late father a proper memorial. Both Regina Hall and Zoe Saldana are steadfast in their love in the midst of chaos, and goes over the top as the cantankerous uncle because, well, that's what the role requires. The brothers and Norman don't really wish harm to befall him, but you can see how it does. LaBute juggles parallel actions in the big family home so we understand who's in the bathroom and who's in the living room and why everybody is out on the lawn. Then there is a certain logic to how they react. So on that note, that's a recommendation for Death at a Funeral.
Viola Johnson is in a real jam. The pictures fall out of Frank's pocket, while Cynthia sees the pictures and screams at Frank, attacking him. Would another death solve Aaron's problems? When Aaron and Ryan meet with Frank to pay him, Frank starts to deride Aaron's ability as a writer and Aaron refuses to pay. Aaron's father unexpectedly passes away, and he is called upon to inform his entire extended family to attend the funeral. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Production Co: Wonderful Films, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Stable Way Entertainment, Parabolic Pictures Distributors: Screen Gems Keywords: , , , , , , , , ,. While in shock, Aaron relays the situation to Ryan, who suggests Aaron to pay the money because Ryan claims that he is in debt. I'm not saying I'm proud of myself.
That's when I laughed the most. Maybe that's because when a comedy gets on a roll, everything is funnier. . Also living at home are his oldest son Aaron , Aaron's wife Michelle , and his mother Cynthia. With Aaron, Ryan, Jeff and Norman believing that Frank is dead, they plan to put him in the coffin. And Norman wrestles him off his wheelchair and onto the potty, and gets his hand stuck underneath. Add an ovulating wife, a jealous ex-boyfriend, and a short stranger who wants a word with Aaron - what could he want? It's an old gag, the guy accidentally freaked out on drugs, but Marsden elevates it to bizarre heights with a rubber face that reflects horror, delight, nausea and affection more or less simultaneously.