Written by Dean Craig and directed by comedic veteran Frank Oz, DEATH AT A FUNERAL finds a well-to-do British family attempting to bury their patriarch amidst a backdrop of secrets, revelations, rivalries, and illicit pharmaceuticals. While the dutiful Daniel (Matthew MacFadyen) stoically contends with major roadblocks in planning his father's funeral, including being presented with the wrong body, others connected with the family have catastrophes of their own, including the anxious Simon (Alan Tudyk), who is engaged to Martha (Daisy Donovan), and mistakenly takes a hallucinogen to calm his nerves. Lurking in the background is a mysterious stranger (Peter Dinklage) who threatens to send the chaotic proceedings over the brink.
A charming mix of high- and lowbrow humor, DEATH AT A FUNERAL is a lively farce that makes the most of its hijinks-filled script and topnotch cast. In addition to excellent performances by MacFadyen (PRIDE & PREJUDICE) and Tudyk (SERENITY), the film features fine turns by Donovan, Andy Nyman, and former Swinging London sweetheart Jane Asher. Easily Oz's best movie since the giddily silly BOWFINGER, DEATH showcases the director's knack for working with large ensembles, and will appeal to fans of his earlier romp IN & OUT, as well as to aficionados of biting British comedy.
Murray Gold - Composer, DEATH AT A FUNERAL (2007)
Jane Asher - British Actress
Dean Craig - Screenwriter, CAFFEINE (2007)
Matthew MacFadyen - Actor
Oliver Curtis - Director of Photography
Rupert Graves - British Actor
Daisy Donovan - Actor, MILLIONS (2005)
Frank Oz - Director/Muppeteer
Frank Oznowicz - Director/Muppeteer
Sidney Kimmel - Executive Film Producer, TOWN & COUNTRY (2001)
Alan Tudyk - American Actor\"WONDER BOYS"
Peter Dinklage - American Actor
Theatrical Release: August 17, 2007
"[D]irector Frank Oz comes back strong with this absolutely uproarious British comedy of no manners." - 06/22/2007 Box Office, p.59
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The lack of propriety and solemnity is precisely what makes this comic farce so uproariously funny." - 08/17/2007 USA Today, p.10D
"Macfadyen crumples very endearingly as his character succumbs to the tide of mishaps, and there are showreel moments too for Kris Marshall..." - 11/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.54
3 stars out of 5 -- "Frank Oz's frantic farce tickles thanks to a rapid-fire stream of slapstick gags and gallows humour." - 11/01/2007 Total Film, p.64
3 stars out of 5 -- "Impeccable comic timing ensures the gags flow fast, while some delightfully ludicrous predicaments keep things fresh." - 10/19/2007 Empire, p.89
"DEATH AT A FUNERAL is a lethal farce, combining hints of THE LAVENDER HILL MOB, doses of Joe Orton and a smidgen of the Farrelly brothers' scatology in its mix." - 08/17/2007 Los Angeles Times