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"Tea Can Do Many Things, But It Can't Bring Back the Dead"

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | December 7, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | December 7, 2009 |

I know several of y’all who saw it thought highly of 2007’s British farce Death at a Funeral, though I suspect that the presence of Alan Tudyk clouded the judgment of many of you. It was a semi-decent film, but even for what it was, I thought it was a bit on the overrated side. (Having recently watched “Spooks,” however, the casting of Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes as a couple has a certain retroactive appeal).

No matter: Even a semi-decent film will get remade in Hollywood, here starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Columbus Short, James Marsden (in the Tudyk role), Tracy Morgan, and Zoe Saldana. Even Peter Dinklage returns from the original movie to play the exact same part. In fact, the trailer looks like nearly the exact same movie, only with African-American actors, a few terrible reaction shots from Martin Lawrence, and the occasional “Dayummmm.” Stranger still is that Neil Labute — the whitest man on the planet — directed the movie.

It’s a head-scratcher, folks. I guess Labute got tired of making films no one ever saw, so decided to remake a British film with a mostly black cast. Trouble is, no one watches Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence films anymore, either, which is to say: Good luck with that, Neil.

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