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Taking the "FUN" Out of FUNERAL?!?!?

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Category: DISCUSSIONS & POLLS on 2010 RELEASES
Forum Name: DEATH AT a FUNERAL
Forum Discription: One Un-Dying Question: WHY REMAKE THIS SO SOON?!?!?!?!?
URL: http://www.razzies.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=4248
Printed Date: November 26 2014 at 6:14am


Topic: Taking the "FUN" Out of FUNERAL?!?!?
Posted By: HeadRAZZBerry
Subject: Taking the "FUN" Out of FUNERAL?!?!?
Date Posted: April 12 2010 at 11:14am
ONE of OUR FAVORITE REMARKS in HOLLYWOOD HISTORY CAME from MASTER DIRECTOR (and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000697/awards - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000697/awards - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000697/awards - RIGHT? THEY SHOULD REMAKE the ONES WE GOT WRONG!" 

WITH the 2010 REMAKE of http://www.razzies.com/forum/forum428.html -
THOUGH http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=deathatafuneral.htm -
OH, WAIT, INSULTING MOVIE-GOERS IS S.O.P. in HOLLYWOOD THESE DAZE..OH, WELL -- NEVER MIND!

FOOT-NOTE: THIS REMAKE WAS HELMED by http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001438/ - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450345/awards - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450345/awards -
CHRIS ROCK: "This frickin' dwarf was also in the 2007 
original -- We gotta keep him from comparing the two 
versions!!"


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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: April 12 2010 at 12:09pm

HAHA! Great photo caption! Anyway, why does this movie exist? Three years in between the original and the remake? WTF?! What's next, a remake of "The Hurt Locker" in 2012?! Sure this is a great cast of well known actors and actresses, but as Uwe Boll proved, it doesn't matter if you have a great cast if the material they are given to work with sucks.



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The Four Horsemen of the Moviepocalypse: uncalled for sequels/remakes/reboots, 3-D surcharges, untalented "celebrities", and anything with Michael Bay's name attached to it.


Posted By: MiguelAntilsu
Date Posted: April 12 2010 at 4:45pm

When I looked at the trailers for both versions of the film, I noticed quite a few similarities.  Cinemablend also noticed a number of similarities in the full project ( http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Death-At-A-Funeral-Vs-Death-At-A-Funeral-A-Scene-By-Scene-Remake-Analysis-18034.html - LINK ).



Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: April 12 2010 at 7:00pm
The only real difference between the movies will be that the original was British wit comedy, and this will be African-American themed comedy. That's all. Expect an all-Hispanic cast remake in another 3 years, with George Lopez, Eve Longoria, etc.

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The Four Horsemen of the Moviepocalypse: uncalled for sequels/remakes/reboots, 3-D surcharges, untalented "celebrities", and anything with Michael Bay's name attached to it.


Posted By: MiguelAntilsu
Date Posted: April 12 2010 at 10:06pm
This film is supposed to be a "black comedy."  By definition, a black comedy is supposed to be funny while maintaining some seriousness.  This remake seems to lack any seriousness.  

RESPONSE from Head RAZZberry: Gotta agree with you for once, Migel. This remake looks a little too much like yet another Tyler Perry knockoff -- Maybe it shoulda been titled Tyler Perry's WHY DID I GET BURIED??  


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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: April 13 2010 at 11:26am
So does that make this movie a "Black-black comedy"??  

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The Four Horsemen of the Moviepocalypse: uncalled for sequels/remakes/reboots, 3-D surcharges, untalented "celebrities", and anything with Michael Bay's name attached to it.


Posted By: MiguelAntilsu
Date Posted: April 13 2010 at 12:02pm
I don't know what that makes it, but it's definitely a frontrunner for Worst Remake, Ripoff or Sequel.


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Posted By: sampsoninc916
Date Posted: April 13 2010 at 12:06pm
How could people dying at a funeral be turned into a comedy. The event of people dying at someone's funeral is one of the most shocking and heartbreaking things ever. It is sad when someone dies in a movie or real life, that even at a funeral or the living near the dead, it is accompanied by music to set the tone. How could they possibly think "death at a funeral" could be funny? In The Lion King, it was a sad moment when Mufasa died, and even for that movie, some people criticize it for being a rip off of this anime movie I never heard of called Kimba The White Lion. 

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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: April 13 2010 at 2:00pm
SPOILER ALERT:

To answer the question of how a funeral can turn out funny, what happens is that the white boyfriend in the movie is going to get high off of acid by mistake and will end up naked on the roof of the funeral home. The dwarf is the dead father's gay lover and wants his share of the estate, but the family knocks him out and tries to hide him in the casket. Other than that I remember it's a love triangle in there somewhere and the lead character has a personal struggle to become a writer, but is overshadowed by his more successful brother.

And now you can watch this movie copy and paste everything I just wrote. PS: When I said "black-black comedy", I meant a black comedy starring an all black cast (well, except for the three token white characters).


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The Four Horsemen of the Moviepocalypse: uncalled for sequels/remakes/reboots, 3-D surcharges, untalented "celebrities", and anything with Michael Bay's name attached to it.


Posted By: moviewizguy
Date Posted: April 13 2010 at 2:45pm
There's something called dark humor...  

Originally posted by sampsoninc916

How could people dying at a funeral be turned into a comedy. The event of people dying at someone's funeral is one of the most shocking and heartbreaking things ever. It is sad when someone dies in a movie or real life, that even at a funeral or the living near the dead, it is accompanied by music to set the tone. How could they possibly think "death at a funeral" could be funny? In The Lion King, it was a sad moment when Mufasa died, and even for that movie, some people criticize it for being a rip off of this anime movie I never heard of called Kimba The White Lion. 


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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: April 13 2010 at 3:26pm
Because "Lion King" was a rip-off! Just like "The Matrix" was a near copy and paste rip-off of an anime movie entitled "Ghost in the Shell" (the Japanese animation company unsuccessfully sued Warner Bros. for copyright infringement). And Disney's "Atlantis" was a rip-off of an anime series called "Secret of Blue Water." 

Starting to see why I hate Hollywood?  

Originally posted by sampsoninc916

In The Lion King, it was a sad moment when Mufasa died, and even for that movie, some people criticize it for being a rip off of this anime movie I never heard of called Kimba The White Lion.


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The Four Horsemen of the Moviepocalypse: uncalled for sequels/remakes/reboots, 3-D surcharges, untalented "celebrities", and anything with Michael Bay's name attached to it.


Posted By: saturnwatcher
Date Posted: April 13 2010 at 6:33pm
OK, everybody...time to lay your bets down:  

How long will it be before Hollywood releases a movie--  and the remake of it -- in the same year?  


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Posted By: cvcjr13
Date Posted: April 13 2010 at 9:21pm
I grew up watching the original Kimba the White Lion, and yes, The Lion King had a lot of similarities with that anime series, http://www.kimbawlion.com/ - as this fan page for KtWL attests  (click on the "Lion King?" link).  Remember, just because you "never heard of" something doesn't mean that those "some people" who have heard of it (not to mention all those who grew up watching it) don't have a legitimate gripe.
 
Besides, Disney got paid back http://iamhilarious.com/pocahontas-avatar/ - when Avatar ripped off Pocahontas .   
 
If I'm not mistaken, blatant instances like these qualify to be called "ripoffs."    

Originally posted by sampsoninc916

In The Lion King, it was a sad moment when Mufasa died, and even for that movie, some people criticize it for being a rip off of this anime movie I never heard of called Kimba The White Lion. 
 


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Posted By: moviewizguy
Date Posted: April 14 2010 at 4:33pm
Don't know if this qualifies, but Quarantine was a remake of [Rec], which was released like 6 months before the remake was released...    

Originally posted by saturnwatcher

OK, everybody...time to lay your bets down:  

How long will it be before Hollywood releases a movie--  and the remake of it -- in the same year?  
 

RESPONSE from Head RAZZberry: FYI, here are IMDb lynx for both http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1082868/ - (released Oct. 10, 2008 in the U.S.) and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1038988/ - (made in Spain and apparently only released Direct-to-DVD in the U.S. on July 14, 2009 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1038988/releaseinfo -



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Posted By: GTAHater767
Date Posted: April 14 2010 at 6:15pm

Based on what I've heard, the comedy won't be as bad as other films from the past winter and later this year, but it does set a new low for originality. The remakes are just coming sooner and sooner. I don't watch anime, so I couldn't tie The Lion King to anything before it. 

Any news on Kick-A**, by any chance?  

RESPONSE from Head RAZZberry: Here's http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1217700-kick_ass/ - to see if http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1217700-kick_ass/ - can maintain its surprisingly high 75% Positive Rating at R.T. Even though its TV and billboard campaigns make it look like mindless eye-candy, it looks like ASS might finally dethrone TITANS from atop the B.O. Mountain this weekend...



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Posted By: saturnwatcher
Date Posted: April 14 2010 at 6:19pm
I'm betting that you will walk out of Kick Ass feeling like you got your A** kicked.

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Posted By: GTAHater767
Date Posted: April 14 2010 at 6:44pm
Not in a good way, I presume? Or does it look good after all?

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Posted By: saturnwatcher
Date Posted: April 14 2010 at 6:58pm
Actually, it probably won't be all that bad. It has a 77% rating at RT, based on 84 recorded reviews, so that is pretty promising. Heck, it is wildly promising these days when a movie is even screened for critics prior to its release.

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Nine times out of ten, in art as in life, there is no truth to be discovered, only an error to be exposed.--H.L. Menken


Posted By: GTAHater767
Date Posted: April 14 2010 at 7:03pm

Assuming the reviews won't plunge, Kick Ass is the 3rd movie I've been wrong about since the end of January.



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Posted By: saturnwatcher
Date Posted: April 14 2010 at 7:20pm
With over 80 reviews already tabulated, it probably won't drop much. I suppose, if that kind of movie is your cup of tea, it will be all right. For my purposes, it is evidently a bit over-the-top violence-wise, there is an excessive (and likely unnecessary) use of profanity, and I'm just not big on movies based on obscure comic books. It also looks to me like a teen aimed version of Mystery Men, so I'll pass. 

It definitely isn't one of ours, so there isn't any reason why I'll ever watch it...unless I find myself battling insomnia a few years down the road, and it happens to be on the late show.


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Nine times out of ten, in art as in life, there is no truth to be discovered, only an error to be exposed.--H.L. Menken


Posted By: moviewizguy
Date Posted: April 15 2010 at 4:00pm
Death At a Funeral is starting to get some decent reviews as well. It has an 83% in the Top Critics section at RT, but only a 48 on MetaCritic... 

RESPONSE from Head RAZZberry: Your point has been made most "selectively" -- The Top Critic rating for FUNERAL was still above 70% when I checked it at about 4pm/PST on April 15 -- But the overall rating for it at R.T. was a far-less-impressive 40%... ( http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/death_at_a_funeral_2010/ -


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Posted By: cvcjr13
Date Posted: April 16 2010 at 7:20am
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/death_at_a_funeral_2010/?critic=creamcrop - The Top Critics' rating at Rotten Tomatoes for Death at a Funeral has dropped to 47%.


Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: April 16 2010 at 12:03pm
The original DEATH AT A FUNERAL is one of the best comedies I've seen. I may watch this re-make,but my hopes will not be high.  

RESPONSE from Head RAZZberry: I actually enjoyed the British original so much I saw it both in a theatre and again on DVD -- And, like you, my hopes that this quickie knock-off/remake will rise to that film's level of black humor hilarity are berry low...


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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: April 16 2010 at 8:51pm
Well, 47% isn't Razzie standards, but if we go by GPA standards (which I do) that's an F! 

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The Four Horsemen of the Moviepocalypse: uncalled for sequels/remakes/reboots, 3-D surcharges, untalented "celebrities", and anything with Michael Bay's name attached to it.


Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: April 17 2010 at 10:03am
Hey,ev'rybody!I just realize that this movie may not be good,but it was good that they made it:Now,the original "D.A.A.F." is gon'na have the word of mouth it deserved.

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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: April 20 2010 at 2:43pm
Well, it was made for $20 million, and it's made $20 million back. Oh well, it's not like it was going to have a sequel anyway. Like, I don't know, "Sex At A Wedding", maybe?

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The Four Horsemen of the Moviepocalypse: uncalled for sequels/remakes/reboots, 3-D surcharges, untalented "celebrities", and anything with Michael Bay's name attached to it.


Posted By: kakucis
Date Posted: August 02 2010 at 7:32am
I haven't seen this Black Comedy for US market but I have seen British version and trailer from this and I think they are completely the same thing. Wrong drugs, gay midget, wrong dead body and etc. So where is the difference?

I was kinda confused when I saw the release date for this film, I had a idea that I have seen it some few years ago, but after I have read the thread I understand where is this secret hidden! :)


Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: August 02 2010 at 10:02am
I heard they are actually planning a sequel set at a wedding... 


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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: August 02 2010 at 11:30am
I had to go and open my big mouth, didn't I? Dead  




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The Four Horsemen of the Moviepocalypse: uncalled for sequels/remakes/reboots, 3-D surcharges, untalented "celebrities", and anything with Michael Bay's name attached to it.


Posted By: maha22
Date Posted: August 05 2010 at 3:07am
I liked the original one more. I'm not British, but I tend to prefer originals over remakes. Especially since the remake in this case had the same jokes and I had already seen the original, this seemed like a pointless remake to me.


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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: August 05 2010 at 11:30am
Thank you for pointing out why remakes are so pointless (no pun intended), considering this one was almost entirely copied and pasted from the original.  


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The Four Horsemen of the Moviepocalypse: uncalled for sequels/remakes/reboots, 3-D surcharges, untalented "celebrities", and anything with Michael Bay's name attached to it.


Posted By: GTAHater767
Date Posted: August 05 2010 at 2:11pm

That's odd -- critics say it has some of the good comedy from the 2007 source material, but is markedly inferoir to it. With that much good comedic value, this probably isn't the worst remake of the year.



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Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: August 06 2010 at 2:04pm
It does have a lot of comedy material from the original. I've heard it is almost a shot-by-shot remake. Anyway,it's about the context,and apparently, the actors suck at saying their lines, and the director sucks at creating a dark comedic effect. 

By the way,I gave the original one 80%.


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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: August 06 2010 at 4:36pm
Need I further point out that this is why the world doesn't need remakes? Let alone ones based on movies from just 3 years ago!


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The Four Horsemen of the Moviepocalypse: uncalled for sequels/remakes/reboots, 3-D surcharges, untalented "celebrities", and anything with Michael Bay's name attached to it.


Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: April 03 2011 at 1:54pm
I just saw it and gave it 5/10.Review coming tomorrow.
Originally posted by Vits

 By the way,I gave the original one 80%.
After a re-watch,I give it 9/10.The comedy is just too good it takes my mind off the plot holes.


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Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: April 04 2011 at 4:41pm
CAN A "FUNERAL" BE FUNNY?YOU KNOW,"DEATH" AND PEOPLE ON DRUGS ASIDE?(***/*****):


It would be pointless to discuss when remakes are needed,or if they're needed at all,but the bottom line is that we have a remake on our hands.I have to say that,since I loved the original version,I knew this remake couldn't improve it.But it didn't ruined it.

When you get you a remake with the same writer from the original that copies and pastes the script,one of the actors from the original,and the director copies and pastes the shots,the only thing to do is rely on how the cast performs,and a lot of times they're funny enough to save the whole thing.

So what is the problem with this movie?I kind of say it above.It's not overall hilarious,and because of the very few differences I don't even think "remake" is the right word.

What kept the original from being perfect was the big number of plot holes.As a remake this could've solved them and add something good,but it keeps the same plot holes plus a few more.

In this cases we feel like we have to compare American comedy with British comedy.But we can't do it here because this movie,despite being funny at times,doesn't represent how American comedy truly is.It doesn't even represent how modern American comedy is.

It's good to encourage actors to play characters they usually wouldn't because typecasting is a bad thing.But come on!Talk about miscasting!I can buy Zoe Saldana as a black woman,but not Tracy Morgan as a fat guy when he's barely chubby.And who's idea was to have him play a neurotic,Chris Rock play a straight face,Danny Glover play a grumpy old man,and Luke Wilson play a sleazebag?!


Grades: C- in the U.S. and 4,5 in Chile.


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Posted By: Michaels
Date Posted: April 04 2011 at 4:54pm
Originally posted by Vits

I can buy Zoe Saldana as a black woman.
I can agree with you about all the other miscastings, but Zoe Saldana always plays black women ... except when she plays a blue cat-like alien. 


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Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: April 04 2011 at 6:06pm
That's why I can still buy it.

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Posted By: Michaels
Date Posted: April 04 2011 at 8:54pm
Originally posted by Vits

That's why I can still buy it.
Not to mention she's Dominican, and mixed Latin and African ethnicities are the norm in that country. She may have the Hispanic name and light accent, but in the end, her dark skin gets her the roles she has been in.

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