Apropos of its title, DEATH AT A FUNERAL opens on a somber note, with a hearse pulling up to an ivy-clad house where a grieving son, Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen), awaits. A casket is carried into the house, where the seriousness is dismissed when it's opened ... and Daniel says, "Pardon me. That's not my father." So begins the uproarious ride that director Frank Oz offers in this hilarious -- though far from perfect -- British comedy. An ensemble picture by virtue of its premise -- there's a funeral, and everyone's showing up, personal baggage in tow -- the film brings together many characters, all of whom, in the end, are transformed by the not-so-solemn event. Among them are Daniel's wife, Jane (Keeley Hawes), who sees his father's death as a chance for her and Daniel to finally escape her in-laws' home; Robert (Rupert Graves), Daniel's much more successful (and as a result, self-obsessed) novelist brother; and Howard (Andy Nyman), a hypochondriac schlub whose proximity to death only accentuates his fears. There's also Martha (Daisy Donavan) and her fiancé, Simon (Alan Tudyk), who's worried about being around his future father-in-law and inadvertently takes a tranquilizer that's apparently something else. Plus foul-mouthed Uncle Alfie (Peter Vaughan), who's incontinent, and Martha's ex, Justin (Ewan Bremmer), who's pining for her. And then there's Peter (Peter Dinklage), the stranger who shows up with an atomic secret to share.