Death at a Funeral
Director: Neil LaBute
Cast: Loretta Devine, Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, Martin Lawrence, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoë Saldaña, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson, Keith David, Ron Glass, Kevin Hart
An African-American family in Los Angeles gathers for the patriarch’s funeral. However, the arrival of an uninvited guest and the unexpected effects of a hallucinogenic drug turn this respectful event into a chaotic madhouse. This scenario is ripe for some hilarious moments, but Neil LaBute’s remake of a 2007 British original is one of the worst comedies I have ever seen. Everyone in the cast (which looks mouthwatering on paper) has switched to hammy comedy acting, with embarrassing results. While they all think they’re performing in a clever and joyous farce, I am watching a painfully unfunny and mindnumbingly boring travesty. I adapted the rating to the film’s funeral-themed title.