You never know what might go wrong at a funeral, but usually things don't go this wrong! In this case it's everything.
Maybe most notably the Valium goes missing - only it's not really Valium, a midget shows up with an unwanted secret, Uncle Russel's in a bad mood, Derek still wants his girl back and Ryan and Aaron just can't get along.
Both intrigue and comedy is set at an early stage.
And the actors are fantastic. Props James Marsden on maybe the best performance of all.
Chris Rock - though he holds a lead role - is probably one of the least funny characters here, but they're all iconic in their own way. If they don't have you laughing out loud they at least have you smiling, or recognizing certain quirks and personality traits you can relate to. It's a big family, and a big set of folks outside the family too.
It's a movie about a funeral, and as such it's all set in a single place, but they really make the most of it! When it's over you wish it never would have ended after all. How the most mundane things are turned into such memorable moments: I'm always impressed when they manage that.
I watched this one a few years back, and a few years before that, and I'll probably watch it again in a few years. It's that good. Like Rat Race or Shaolin Soccer, it's just one of those movies you can keep coming back to.
Props Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, Keith David, Columbus Short, Regina Hall, all the above and more, who all go above and beyond in this should-be comedy classic. It's not often you get these many awesome peeps in one movie.
I haven't seen the old version of the movie with the same name (there's a dominantly white cast in that one) but I doubt it compares to this. This is just comedy with the perfect kind of crazy, so much of it thanks to James Marsden - but it wouldn't be anything without their chemistry all together.
A funeral may not not seem like the ideal occasion to celebrate life, but in some ways it is, and as the main characters overcome their fears, and trials, and bond during the hardships they face together... it feels like that's what it is about after all. It's what comes after. It's about letting go, and moving on, and celebrating what has been and what will be.
Life after death.
It's not all that contemplative, or complicated - that's just me - but y'all made something amazing with this one, and at the same time you peeled away a layer of negativity surrounding that aforementioned event.
I can see this becoming one of those comedy classics I keep coming back to, again and again - though it's more than just comedy.
I'm just repeating myself at this point. Conclusively, this was, yet again:
rated 5/5: friggin awesome