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Rated R · 90 minutes · 2010

Comedy
The British farce Death at a Funeral (2007), about a funeral service disintegrating into chaos, enjoyed a decent run on the U.S. art-house circuit; coming swiftly on its heels, this new release from producer-star Chris Rock is a nearly identical remake whose only apparent reason for being is to replace the Brits with African-American stars (Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Danny Glover). The original was fairly funny, and director Neil LaBute (Nurse Betty), working from the same script, reproduces most of the laughs here. There's a long theatrical tradition of reinventing white stories with black players—Orson Welles's "Voodoo Macbeth" in the 30s, Oscar Hammerstein's Carmen Jones in the 50s, The Wiz in the 70s—but those all tended inevitably toward political statement, whereas this is just a marketing move. Progress!


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Official Site: www.deathatafuneral-movie.com
Director: Neil LaBute
Producer: Sidney Kimmel, William Horberg, Chris Rock, Share Stallings, Laurence Malkin, Jim Tauber, Dean Craig, Glenn S. Gainor and Bruce Toll
Cast: Keith David, Loretta Devine, Peter Dinklage, Ron Glass, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoë Saldaña, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson, Regine Nehy and Bob Minor

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