Death at a Funeral

Year: 2007
Production Co: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Director: Frank Oz
Producer: Sidney Kimmel
Cast: Matthew MacFadyen, Rupert Graves, Keeley Hawes, Alan Tudyk, Peter Dinklage
The British comedy of errors is almost a genre itself, where a cast of characters try to maintain a stiff upper lip as chaos ensues around them.

The last director I'd expect to see behind the megaphone of such a film - especially one so sharp and funny - is Frank Oz, who I was surprised to learn is actually British.

An average family and associated friends and associates gather for the funeral of the family patriarch.

The hysterical characters and situations build on themselves and all manifest at the worst possible time, like the profane old Uncle, the ill-placed bottle of valium that turns out to be acid and the gay midget lover of the departed who turns up at the worst possible time, time and time again. In fact he plays the best pay-off just when you think everything's finally under control.

The laughs come thick and fast - highly recommended.

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