This is one funeral that your sure not to forget. Not because of the atmosphere of sadness, and mourning, but because of the hilarious, comical events that take place at this funeral, which will have you laughing, the whole way through. Death At A Funeral features an all-star cast, including Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Danny Glover, Tracy Morgan, Regina Hall, Loretta Devine, Zoe Saldana, Columbus Short, with appearances by Peter Dinklage, Luke Wilson, and James Marsden. The storyline is adapted from a British film of the same name, and is directed by Neil LaBute. The storyline of the films is about a disastrous funeral for a family member where embarrassing secrets are revealed. The screenplay is by Dean Craig who wrote the original 2007 version.
Aaron (Chris Rock) has been giving the responsibility of organizing his father's funeral, which is to take place inside his childhood home. However from the start things do not go well (including the wrong body being placed in his father's coffin), and things only get worse as more and more family members and friends of his father show up at the house for the funeral.
One of the most interesting things about the movie is the pairing of two of America's best known black comedians Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence as brothers, especially given their very different comedic performance styles. However Lawrence and Rock manage to work well together on-screen. Their scenes of sibling rivalry show evidence of their individual skills, while blending together nicely. Just when you think you have enough laughter for one film with Rock and Lawrence, you add comedian Tracy Morgan into the mix as family friend Norman. Morgan brings things up to another level at times outshining Lawrence and Rock's performances in scenes.
Beside Rock, Lawrence,and Morgan's performances, veteran actor Danny Glover plays grouchy, rude, angry Uncle Russell. When Glover's character isn't in the bathroom or eating he is constantly cursing out Morgan's character, or telling someone else off. The interesting thing about Glover's performance was that it is one that we haven't seen from him before. True, Glover showed that he could do comedy due to his performance in 2004's film The Cookout. I don't think we've ever seen Glover use as much profanity in a film as he does here as the wheelchair-bound uncle.