Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chris Rock & Martin Lawrence New Film Creating New Controversy Amongst Media Outlets

We just discovered that the first official trailer for the new Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence film titled Death at a Funeral has just been released online and we seem to have a little controversy brewing amongst the media already.

First we have to state the facts of the movie in case you haven’t hear about it; Death at a Funeral is a remake of the 2007 British movie of the same name, Death at a Funeral which stars Rock and Lawrence, as well as Tracy Morgan and Kevin Hart just to name a few and takes place at a funeral ceremony that turns into a debacle of exposed family secrets and misplaced bodies. Now add all of that with a family twist.

Several media outlets have contacted us to suggest that the film is extremely racist amongst other things, and that they will report this as so. Some outlets have already launched their opinions as such, but we will reserve that right until we have seen the film. After all no one has screened the film yet, only the trailer. To us, it’s a bit difficult make any informed decision based on this few-minute trailer so let’s just wait and see. In the meantime here is the trailer;

12 comments:

Dee said...

Okay I didn't see anything racist about the trailer. I thought it was quite comical! People need to just get up off it! Dayum...Every thing now has to be "politically correct" you can't say this, can't say that. Get off it people!

Comedian Stevie Mack said...

Just watched the trailer and That sh@#! is HILARIOUS!!!! My only regret is that I wasn't in the film!
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WINTER LONGMIRE said...

I don't understand why they think its racist. I read the original script. It's categorized as a 'Black Comedy' (i.e. War of the Roses). It's very difficult to pull off this genre, and I think they did a good job. Let me know when you identify the racism.

guy torry said...

Bullcrap! It's a great cast and looks like a funny a$$ flick! Shut up!

Kschenke said...

I've seen the original and from what I've seen, the new movie isn't nearly as funny. It actually takes the original jokes (almost word for word) and made them less funny. Sorry, but I just don't think this will be very good at all.

Comedian Stevie Mack said...

@Kschenke: that's what a re-make does..take every line, word for word or it wouldn't be a re-make.

Guy Torry and I both think it's funny; we are both comics, been in the business for some decades now, have written for and (currently) perform on radio, TV, film and stage...if we say it's funny, then Hot Dammmit it's FUNNY!

Prateek said...

Frankly, I saw the trailer and I laughed a few times. Such an all star cast, Tracy Morgan, Martin Lawrence, Danny Glover, Chris Rock, etc. I really hope they do the film justice.
Mr. Stevie Mack, I respect your opinion as a comedian. But I believe comedy is subjective. Also, a remake does not mean that it has to literally copy every line of dialogue. But a true remakes takes the plot and the story but still makes it somewhat different. Most remakes do not copy every line of dialogue. That said, I will hold judgement on the film until I have seen it. But I would hope with such an all star cast it would be an extremely funny movie.

Comedian Stevie Mack said...

Comedy is more than subjective, it is generational. Humor is one of the toughest things to gauge because you never know what will make someone laugh. What works in one room will bomb in another. Shots to the groin and fart jokes, for some reason, always seem to work on most people, while comedy like "Boondocks", "South Park" and "Family Guy" appeal to select audiences.

I stand corrected on the re-make having to be "word for word".

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Lisa White said...

The trailer was funny & not racist, can't wait to see them on screen together! They're naturally gifted and are even funny when unscripted! I'm grateful to have grown up with them!

marcy Sheiner said...

I saw the trailer in the theater today, and kept thinking, "Damn, I SAW this movie with white people in it!" so when I came home I had to look it up. I don't get why the remake, but the first one was really funny.

Katie said...

I just don't understand why they had to do a re-make.. the original only came out 3 years ago and it was great!

Mr. Hollywood said...

I'd like to point out that there seems to be some confusion on the reasoning behind this "remake"
Hello kids! Hollywood is a MONEY machine. The only reason they're taking one of the funniest movies of 2007 and making it into an American rehashing is to make money. Why do this? Because Americans, who are the majority of a movie'd profits, both in theaters and on television, are interested in seeing actors that THEY immediately recognize doing a story. It happened just a few years ago with "The Departed" and "Infernal Affairs" which was awarded with Academy Awards. What could be a better way to make money than to take an amazing movie like the 2007 "Death at a Funeral" which succeeded well on video and has had a strong following for the past 3 years, and put stars like Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, and Martin Lawrence in it? Line for line, word for word, it seems as if this movie will be exactly the same as the original, even down to Dinklage's portrayal of the fathers closeted gay midget lover. (oops, sorry spoilers) I'd be a little concerned with James Marsden's portrayal of Alan Tudyk's amazing "Simon" in the original, since Tudyk's performance is award worthy, but other than that, I'm curious to see what will happen with this. Most of the humor in the original revolves around timing and situational comedy, something that both Lawrence and Morgan are good at, and Chris Rock playing straight man to most of the jokes will be interesting to watch. Danny Glover is not old enough to play a senile character, but it might be fun to see what he can do with the role. And further more, back to the topic at hand, I don't see anything racist about this. So Zoe Saldana has a white boyfriend and a white ex-boyfriend. What's wrong with that? BTW: This opinion coming for an asian comedian. Go figure.

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