I’m playing catch-up since the semester has ended (and grading completed!).  One of the films I had some interest in seeing but no time to see earlier is Death At A Funeral.  The preview trailers were funny, and honestly almost all of the funniest moments are included in the trailer.  There is one unexpected reason, though, to check this film out, especially as a DVD rental or DVR selection:  James Marsden.  He is hilarious in a performance that steals every scene including him.

As you may recall or have read, Neil LaBute directed this remake of a 2007 film directed by Frank Oz.  Same title and basically the same script but LaBute replaces the proper British family with an African American family.  The only unusual thing about this – since remakes are commonplace — is the short timespan between the two English-language versions of the story.


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