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Movie Review: Death at a Funeral

Alternate Title: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Funeral

Story: Turning a funeral into comedy takes a deft directing hand and Frank Oz (In & Out, Bowfinger) has what it takes. When you combine those quirky English types that we have come to adore over the past few years, add some physical comedy, scatological humor and a little person you would have to have no sense of humor to not get some good hearty laughs. The screenplay by Dean Craig blends just enough of a story with all of the laughs that build to a hilarious conclusion.

The previews spoil enough of the plot without me adding to any spoilers for you. Just trust me that if you need a summer laugh or two, check out this breezy, silly romp and watch England's upper crust go boink.

Acting: The terrific ensemble cast includes Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Andy Nyman, Ewen Bremmer, Daisy Donovan, Alan Tudyk, Jane Asher, Kris Marshall, Rupert Graves, Peter Vaughan, Peter Egan, Peter Dinklage.

Predilection: I like good comedies and I really liked In and Out and Bowfinger.

Critters: Surprisingly none.

Sex Spectrum: Sex? Please, it is an English comedy. However, you do get a male bare butt or two and some sexual content photos that we do not see.

Blatant Product Placement: None

Opening Titles: A whimsical graphic showing a coffin being delivered over a highway map.

Visual Art: Lots of nice safe art in this upper class estate - except in the dead person' study.

Theater Audience: A handful of laughing people.

Weather: It was a nice day for a funeral.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: Anything with a little person always gets at least a 1 for quirky.

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: It was funny enough for me not to drift.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine unless you need an immediate laugh or two.

Length: 100 minutes.