The funeral comedy This is Where I Leave You has hit theatres so in honour of all things hilarious and family and morbid, I say don’t you forget about both versions of the great funeral comedy Death at a Funeral (2007 and 2010).
What’s it about: Both versions are about family, scandal and drugs set at a family funeral. Our main man (played by either Matthew Macfadyen or Chris Rock) tries to respectfully honour his late father while also trying to keep his father’s nuts scandal a secret and keep his nuts family in check.
Who’s in it:
2007 version: Matthew Macfadyen, Ewen Bremner, Peter Vaughan, Alan Tudyk and Peter Dinklage
2010 version: Chris Rock, Loretta Devine, Kevin Hart, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Regina Hall, Danny Glover, James Marsden, Luke Wilson and…Peter Dinklage
When it came out: The original British version came out in 2007 and the American remake came out in 2010.
How come you haven’t heard of (or just seen) it: You may have heard of the American version because it was a well-advertised Chris Rock comedy, but you may not have known it had a really successful older sister version that’s almost identical. Sadly, not everyone cares for super-dry British comedies and even more sadly, barely anyone seems to care about movies with an all black cast (both as promoters/producers and audiences).
Why you need to watch it–immediately!
- The story is identical, which at first I was so sceptical of, but both versions make this script their own. They’re both just damn funny movies in their own right but with a solid script to hold it all together. Nothing is funnier than when you’re supposed to be serious and hilarious things just keep happening by accident. Both these movies are like a fart at a wedding
- Both are different styles of comedy. The British version is very classically dry British, all uptight, uncomfortable and proper. The American version is classically American, brash, loud, slapsticky and silly
- You need to watch the original first to see the uptight solid version and then watch the American remake, which is like the wacky unhinged twin
- Peter Dinklage playing the same character twice but not the same twice. He’s just great
- Watch both just for the scenes of the new boyfriend trying to make a good impression while tripping balls on drugs he took by accident