Death at a Funeral

"This is one sad family."

Aaron (played by Chris Rock) is trying to deal with the logistics of his father's funeral, but nothing seems to be going his way. First of all, he can't depend on his brother Ryan (played by Martin Lawrence) for any assistance, whatsoever. The brothers have always steered in different directions, so the lack of support in this important life event is no surprise.

As per the father's wishes, the funeral is taking place at the family home, and it immediately starts off with a problem when the funeral home brings the deceased body of a Chinese man by mistake.

Family members are coming from all over town to pay their final respects, and they too are experiencing their own level of stress. Cousin Elaine and her soon-to-be husband Oscar are stopping to pick up her brother Jeff. While there, Elaine hands her fiancé what she thinks is a Valium, not realizing that it is actually a hallucinogenic drug that Jeff has been working on for a friend.

The drug causes Oscar to see things that are not there, and his behavior is a cause for concern to everyone he comes in contact with. Aaron is trying his best to complete the eulogy when he notices one of the guests that he has never seen before, who claims to be his father's secret gay lover.

Neither Aaron, nor Ryan believe that their father was gay; however, after seeing some photographs provided by Frank (played by Peter Dinklage) they are convinced. When he tries to blackmail Aaron into handing over a check for $30,000, there is a scuffle between Frank and the brothers.

Norman walks in on the three of them rolling on the floor, believes that Frank is having a seizure and forces him to swallow at least four of the same Valiums that Oscar ingested earlier. Dean Craig writes this comedy, which is directed by Neil LaBute.

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| 2010 | 1 hr 30 min | 5.6/10
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Director
Neil LaBute, Rogier Stoffers
Language
English
Death at a Funeral
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