Put-upon Aaron (Chris Rock) is always plagued by drama and dysfunction, but he encounters more than he can handle while attempting to plan his father’s funeral. What’s a family gathering without jealousy, tension and blackmail? Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, James Marsden, Luke Wilson, Zoe Saldana, Regina Hall and Columbus Short round out a stellar ensemble cast. Neil LaBute directs.
Rating: 6 out of 10
It’s tough to pull off a funny or successful movie with a large ensemble cast, but this one does it better than most. I was pleasantly surprised, because I thought it would be terrible, and while the movie has some really dopey moments, there are some genuinely funny parts.
There are too many subplots and characters to develop all of them — a major problem with large casts like this — but the ones they focused on were very funny. Chris Rock’s character finds out at his father’s funeral that his dad lived an secret life in which he had a gay lover who was a little person. The little person visits him at the funeral and tries to bribe him out of $30,000 with photos. In the meantime, there’s a bunch of drugs getting passed around, Chris Rock’s wife is interrupting him with requests for sex because she’s at peek ovulation, his grumpy uncle is having bowel movements all over, the little person ends up drugged and tied up, a naked man is trying to commit suicide on the roof, the brothers are feuding… you’re getting the picture.
There’s a lot of talent in this cast, and a lot of funny parts. It was enjoyable during several moments, but was too jumbled. There was a boatload of characters and not enough plot to go around.