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4th June 2010

Summary:

Crazy goings-on at Dad's funeral in this darkly delicious comedy romp.

Arranging his father's funeral, Aaron (Chris Rock) has to deal with his entire eccentric family as they gather to pay tribute. Complicating matters is Aaron's wife Michelle (Regina Hall), who wants a baby and expects Aaron to do his husbandly duties - despite the unfortunate timing. Meanwhile Aaron's successful brother Ryan (Martin Lawrence) arrives, to the family's delight. With his strong-willed mother Cynthia (Loretta Devine) looking on, Aaron attempts to deliver a fitting memorial, but the family undermines his efforts at every turn as petty resentments and lifelong feuds spill over. Confusion becomes chaos as future in-law Oscar (James Marsden) accidentally ingests hallucinogenic drugs supplied by Elaine (Zoe Saldana) and turns Aaron's carefully planned tribute into the worst funeral in history. But even that pales when Frank (Peter Dinklage), a "special friend" of the deceased, arrives in search of a big payday.

Review:

The original British version is much better. It had more subtle humor and was all the more better for it. This follows typical American humor, and decides if your not slapped in the face with it, it can't possibly be funny. While I find Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence funny sometimes, they are much better when they aren't shouting at the top of their voice. Just not a huge fan of the loud African-American talk (yelling mostly). It just gets on the nerves and doesn't quite pull off being funny.

If the loud slapstick humor is your thing, then this version is for you. But if you prefer a bit more intelligent humor, go see the original version.