Combustible Celluloid
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With: Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Andy Nyman, Ewen Bremner, Daisy Donovan, Alan Tudyk, Jane Asher, Kris Marshall, Rupert Graves, Peter Vaughan, Thomas Wheatley, Peter Egan, Peter Dinklage, Brendan O'Hea, Jeremy Booth, Angela Curran, Kelly Eastwood, Gareth Milne
Written by: Dean Craig
Directed by: Frank Oz
MPAA Rating: R for language and drug content
Running Time: 90
Date: 03/02/2007

Death at a Funeral (2007)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Casket Case

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Everything goes wrong at a quiet English countryside funeral, but rather than dry, smart humor, the broad jokes include: a foul-mouthed old man having a bowel movement, a character who unexpectedly turns out to be gay and another who mistakenly takes hallucinogenic drugs. Frank Oz directed, and though he has previously specialized in black comedies (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, etc.), he brings perhaps too much American sensibility to this film.

Set among the perpetually polite and embarrassed British, the film is at least tolerable, but had it been set in America, the same material would have been unbearable. The talented cast (Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Alan Tudyk and many others) helps stabilize the affair, and Peter Dinklage (Find Me Guilty) is the token Yankee.

In 2011, Fox released a handful of MGM titles on Blu-Ray, including this one. It comes with commentary track by director Frank Oz, and another one by actors Alan Tudyk and Andy Nyman and writer Dean Craig, plus a gag reel and trailers.{subid}&url=hitlist.asp?searchfield=marvel
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