Chris Rock has decided to put his personal stamp on last year’s British farce, Death at a Funeral. Rock, who is a fan of the film, approached Sidney Kimmel Entertainment with a reimagining of the original concept, which centered on hilarious gaffes during a British funeral of a family patriarch. He’s to star, co-write and produce a remake, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
I howled with laughter when I watched Frank Oz’s Funeral—the funniest film I saw last year. I wonder whether fans of the original would consider Rock’s take on it as a slap in the face since it was announced so soon. Or is imitation the best form of flattery? Whatever you decide, the original, with Matthew Macfayden, Alan Tudyk and Peter Dinklage, is worth a watch and may even pique your interest in Rock’s version.
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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