Death at a Funeral
Category Comedy
Year: 2010
Time: 92 minutes
Production: Screen Gems
Director: Neil LaBute
Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, James Marsden, Danny Glover, Luke Wilson, Zoe Saldana, Columbus Short
Our Rating 5/10 - It picks up near the end thanks to the trusty old toilet joke
Watchability 4/10 - Even the gag-reel is painfully unfunny to watch!
Contributed by WB
Tag-line This is one sad family

Aaron's father has passed away, and the family have decided to hold the funeral service in their home, inviting all those who knew him to pay their last respects. On what is usually a streesful and traumatic day for those involved, things are going to only get worse with a bad-tempered old Uncle, a dwarf who has a secret about the dead father, a white guy tripping on LSD, and a successful writer brother who can do no wrong.  Will the dwarf's secret tear the family apart - or will there be another death at the funeral?

So, how does it end?

Aaron (Rock), Ryan (Lawrence), Jeff (Columbus Short) and good old Norman (Tracy Morgan, who tries his best to salvage this movie) tie up the dwarf in the back room and give him some of the "valium" that Jeff dropped.  The problem is that they give him four or five of these LSD tablets, and while dancing on a table the little guy falls and hits his head. They can't feel a pulse and assume he has died.

Outside, Oscar is still tripping and has taken off his clothes to sit on the roof.  Derek (Luke Wilson) tries it on with Elaine one last time, but is beaten away. Oscar sees the two together, and in his emotional state threatens to jump. Elaine gets up onto the roof to talk him down, and announces that they are to have a baby together.  Jeff, the younger brother, helps to bring the naked Oscar back into the bathroom.

Meanwhile, with everyone outside, Aaron and Ryan move the dead dwarf's body to the coffin in the front room, while Norman keeps the Reverend busy in the hallway.

The service can start again and Aaron delivers his eulogy - until there is a banging from inside the coffin - and the dwarf breaks out, still alive.  Everyone screams, the incriminating photos are dropped to the floor and seen by the dead man's wife, and the dwarf is tackled by the old lady.

Aaron continues with his eulogy, and says that his father wasn't perfect but was an amazing man. Everyone agrees and they leave happy.

Ryan gets a lift to the airport with the foxy young neighbour, while Aaron and his wife finally have some alone-time together. Aaron asks about the bad tempered uncle, to find out that his wife gave him some 'valium' to calm him down ...

It ends with the Uncle (Danny Glover), naked, out on the roof looking up at the stars.

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