Death At A Funeral (2010)
Directed by Neil LaBute, Death at a Funeral is a hilarious day in the life of an American family come together to put a beloved husband and father to rest. As mourners gather at the family home, shocking revelations, festering resentments, ugly threats, blackmail and a misdirected corpse unleash lethal and riotous mayhem.
I have heard that the original film version of this movie had some genuinely funny moments. This one doesn’t have many, and certainly the viewer is hard pressed to find any which would be suitable for family viewing.
Unfortunately, this is a raucous film with plenty of emphasis on sex. The jokes involve hallucinogenic drugs, dead bodies, nudity and…well, need I go on?
These characters do not know what the word “embarrassed” means at all, which might be a sad comment on some of today’s “entertainment”. However, there is hope. Thank God for “The Perfect Game”, opening on a smaller scale this weekend. If you get a chance to see it, it is a quality family film in every sense of the word “quality.” Also, “Letters to God” is currently showing and it is another example of using the big screen in a positive way for families. As for “Death At A Funeral” we are unable to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.