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Death at a Funeral Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    67

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    "Wrong" is the operative word with Death at a Funeral, which in the first very funny 30 minutes shows its hand and then, unfortunately, continues to wave that hand frantically for the next hour.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    By the end of Death at a Funeral's effortful farce about busted British propriety, you may feel that peculiar facial ache that comes from wishing to laugh with no really satisfying release.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This topsy-turvy funeral produces a number of smiles, giggles, pleasant guffaws and several solid, sustained laughs. Not a bad batting average as comedies go.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is part farce (unplanned entrances and exits), part slapstick (misbehavior of corpses) and part just plain wacky eccentricity. I think the ideal way to see it would be to gather your most dour and disapproving relatives and treat them to a night at the cinema.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Death at a Funeral is lethal farce, combining hints of "The Lavender Hill Mob," doses of Joe Orton and a smidgen of the Farrelly brothers' scatology in its mix.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The lack of propriety and solemnity is precisely what makes this comic farce so uproariously funny.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Goofy burial digs up family secrets; not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this British farce is a comedy, its adult themes -- mortality, mourning, in-law stress -- probably won't appeal to kids and younger teens. Which isn't to say that the grown-up characters act much like adults. In fact, they behave at their very worst (which makes for funny setups, but hardly stellar examples for impressionable young viewers). Sibling rivalry, sexual secrets, drug use, and more are all in the mix, and there's also plenty of profanity ("f--k," "s--t," "wanker") and a couple of shots of a bare butt (in a nonsexual way).

  • Families can talk about what happens when relatives gather for rituals -- anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, or, in this case, funerals. Why do they seem to bring out the worst in people (though everyone's supposed to be on their best behavior)? Is the atmosphere at these events really that pressured? Or does mayhem like this really only happen in the movies? What are funerals really for? How are they usually depicted in movies? How is this different?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Blackmail, pill-popping, and sibling rivalry galore. An older man tries to pick up a much younger woman at his father's funeral, another waits to pounce on his ex, and four men restrain -- and nearly kill -- a guest. Some homophobic jokes and scatological humor.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Men brawl in the middle of a solemn event; a woman attacks a guest once she discovers the scandalous secret he's harboring.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Nudity, though not of a sexual nature (a man's backside is in full view, once in closeup). No sexual encounters, though there are plenty of allusions to them. Two bodies are placed, fully clothed, in a compromising position.

  • language false5

    Language: Nearly everyone swears a blue streak, including an octogenarian character. All the typical expletives are used, plus some British terms: "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "wanker," etc.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A few guests are fed hallucinogenic drugs (one forcefully, the other accidentally) posing as Valium.

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