It's always a good day for a funeral at St. Mark's Middle School. Andy and Charlie, two altar servers, don't just get to miss class anytime a parishioner kicks the bucket, they cut out early and play hooky as soon as the service is over. Eventually their irreverent personalities will put them in a situation that is too big for them to handle.
Writing is Superb, Acting is top Notch and Cinematography was awesome!
Three fourteen-year-old catholic schoolboys work as altar boys so they can get out of going to class. After the funerals they bond by ditching the rest of the school day, attempting to steal from a video store, ripping off a Chinese buffet, and engaging in other varieties of adolescent tomfoolery.
Funeral Kings falls flat in the one area where it should deliver. It is a coming of age tale where none of the boys see real personal growth. The first few scenes of the boys ditching school are pretty entertaining. During this section of the movie the role of each character is established. Charlie is the most daring of the teens, David is his foil, and Andy is Charlie’s best…
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A solid black comedy/coming of age tale featuring some very good performances from the child actors. The plot is fairly limited, with it essentially focusing on the misadventures of a group of middle school children, but aside from the gun part I think it's a fairly accurate depiction of the kind of stupid shit that kids get into. I know I did.
I really could have done without the death of the dog (I hate any kind of animal violence whether intentional or accidental) but overall I found Funeral Kings to be an engaging film.
Oh, and Alex Maizus rocked.
A vulgar coming-of-age film which you can watch to pass time
Fucking awesome!! Haha
Written and directed by the McManus brothers, Funeral Kings is a coming-of-age comedy that first premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival a year ago. Now, it has been released on DVD, iTunes and on Demand. Whether Comedy or Drama is your genre, Funeral Kings is a must see. Funeral Kings sees a group of young friends who find themselves facing a situation whilst playing hooky that will teach them many a moral lesson. That's all I want to say about the movie's plot as Funeral King's story is even better as a surprise. However, it must be said that Funeral Kings would not be the same without its great cast that carry the movie. These kids aren't just…
Once you get past all the forced vulgarity coming from the leads, it's a pretty enjoyable movie and they all still work well together. Also, I guess I'll be the first to say it, but it's kind of unrealistic. It has its problems, but I liked it.
No doubt, this movie does a fantastic job of capturing that important transitional time in childhood from being a boy to being a teenager, but more importantly, it struck a chord with my 14-year-old self that I tend to forget about the older I grow.
And for a movie that may not be original in terms of its cinematic prowess, its ability to serve as an exceptional example of what it’s like to walk out of a theatre knowing I’ve just come as close as I may ever come to transcending space and time without a literal time machine is quite an achievement.
My NPR review here.