The dysfunctional family comedy centered on a funeral is a cinematic warhorse, dragged into the service of cheap laughs in such films as This is Where I Leave You and Death at a Funeral (the latter of which exists in both a British and an American version). So it’s no surprise to see the trope reappear in See You in Valhalla, a comedy about three sparring siblings reunited by the death of a Viking-obsessed brother.
The film, produced by its star Sarah Hyland, of Modern Family, has the dysfunctional part down pat, as Hyland’s Johana bickers with her two brothers (Bret Harrison and Michael Weston) and miscellaneous other relatives and hangers-on who have gathered at the home of her father (Conor O'Farrell).
Unfortunately, director Jarret Tarnol and writer Brent Tarnol (brothers whose previous collaboration was the straight-to-VOD zombie rom-com April Apocalypse) struggle mightily with the comedy part. See You in Valhalla, which is being released simultaneously in select theaters and on demand, is as deadly as its funereal subject matter.
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See You In Valhalla
Director: Jareet Tarnol
Cast: Conor O’Farrell, Sarah Hyland
Rated: R (strong language, drug use, coarse humor)
Running time: 82 min.