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THE BUZZ

 

     If you like British humor or “everything goes fucking terrible” humor (think Meet the Parents, but don't think any of the sequels if you want your day to continue to be nice), read no further; just go watch the movie, being sure it is the Frank Oz version. Hijinks ensue when a man shows up to a funeral attempting to blackmail the family of the recently deceased with....indecent information. The less you know, the better. Anyway, the already barely-holding-it-together dysfunctional British family does not cope with this news well, and lots of different jovial plot arcs combine to create a cacophonous crescendo that has utterly droll results. Bully! And if none of that works for you, the guy who played Wash from Firefly spends almost the entire movie on drugs while wearing nothing but non-sexual male nudity.

 

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

 

     You've seen this type of movie before; essentially Final Destination, but a comedy. Literally everything goes as wrong as possible over and over and over, and the audience gets to laugh at fictional grievous inconveniences. Being that this is a British movie, the humor starts out dry and eventually goes to the outlandish. I don't use the phrase “laugh out loud” unless I actually do, but it happened several times in this film. It's genuinely funny. So many of these sorts of comedies end up as “oh, check it out; someone got hit in the face again,” and Death at a Funeral never seems to need to drop into that. It's equally shocking, but not quite as you'd expect it to be. Also, all the characters are very well cast and acted. It's a genuine, empathetic performance, and you also don't frequently get that with comedies. My favorite was Uncle Alfie. Seriously, I want to rent that guy as a motivational speaker.

 

POTENTIAL HANGOVERS

 

     The typical negatives of British film (from a 'Murican perspective) exist here as well. The accents on a couple of the characters are kindof tough to discern. This is easily circumvented by putting on subtitles like a Philistine, but to those who are used to it (hopefully most people), this isn't even an issue. Also, it starts pretty dry. The payoff is definitely great, but the movie does take its time getting there, even if every detail is important. I guess by default, that adds another flaw from a party-centered perspective; you absolutely have to pay attention to this movie to get benefits out of it, so don't put it on when you're feeling chatty.

 

THE ATMOSPHERE: Cocktail Party, Casual Gathering

 

     This was a very fun movie. The characters are so empathetic and relatable that it's very easy to distinguish between them and their individual goals. And makes the stupid decisions even more painful to watch. I am willing to say that even though scatological jokes, non-sexual male nudity, and rampant swearing are part of this film, it's still a very classy humor endeavor. So I'd recommend it alongside a $9 Mai Thai or a mint julep in a chalice. Or an environment conducive to the aforementioned beverages. Or, you know, next time you want to drink and watch a good British comedy with friends. That works, too.

 

Drink:

 

Once whenever someone on drugs is onscreen (you'll know)

Every time Uncle Alfie says a line

Every time someone says the word eulogy

(Death at a Death at a Funeral mode) Chug the entire time the coffin is onscreen

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Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

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