Last year, in the South African series on How to Break Christmas was a hit on Netflix just because it was totally a traditional “crazy family on vacation” with a different cultural perspective than what we’re used to seeing in the US. The ensemble is now back for a second season with “The Funeral” subtitle. Oh, did anyone die? And does it spoil Christmas?
We see the words “December 20” on the police car.
The body is removed, and Tumi Selo (Busi Lurayi) watches it anxiously. A group of family members watched them. “Judging by their faces,” he sighed, “there are two funerals this Christmas.”
After ruining her sister Beauty (Tando Tabet)’s wedding last Christmas, things get better for Tumi. We saw him at the water park 12 hours ago (remember, Christmas is summer in South Africa) with his girlfriend Kaya Mankell (Yonda Thomas) and teenage daughter Lulu (Tsumi Nkosi). He wasn’t in the 100 per cent in love with his plan to buy. The three of them a house, and Lulu wasn’t happy he was in Pretoria.
You go to Brain, the host of Valencia and Wuxi Tvala (Charmaine Minta, Lehlohonolo Saint Cecilia). The wealthy parents of Beauty Sbu’s wife (Sandile Mahlangu); After they escape to London after their disastrous marriage, they return for a vacation. Val puts on a good show, but Wuxi is in financial trouble. Who wants the drink to be diluted and the excellent drink hidden. He also has to deal with Gogo aka (Nandi Nimble). Who has terminal cancer but would actually rather die in this world than live with a nurse at his son’s house.
After the appearance of Tumi and Dineo’s beautiful mother (Clementine Mosiman). And her younger sister Grace (Rami Chuene) gets interesting when Edmund (Seputla Sebogodi). Dineo’s ex-husband and the girls’ father, suddenly arrives at Beauty Invitation. While Tumi tries to drink up this mess. Gogo orders her to take him somewhere outside the house. So he can have fun at least once before he dies.
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Movies like the ones we cited above are what comes to mind. Mainly since the show follows essentially the same formula, only in series form. The first season ended with something like ambition, but it’s good to see the ensemble return for another season.
This chemistry is evident when families from very different backgrounds get together for a barbecue. Twalas is more spectacular – despite Vusi’s financial troubles – and Sellos is more humble. Although things like Village bringing their food seem crazy. And they both yell at Uncle Shadrak (Desmond Dub) to get their sheep out of the shower. It shows that their family has their quirks. The fact that their family drama does permeates another Twala holiday event makes us smile; they take the circus everywhere they go, it seems.
But the funniest part of the first episode is when Tumi takes Gogo for a last day of the fun. But first, the same in the amusement park as before, then to the casino. It connects them, and it’s fun to watch Gogo go on the scariest walks. Yes, the ending is touching – there are still subtitles for this season’s The Funeral. But who doesn’t want to come out like Gogo?
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We wonder how Tumi is going to ruin everything.
Will he be responsible for Gogo’s death even though Gogo is final and Tumi gave it to the old lady to enjoy last night? Or will his death only result in the Tuala family having fireworks, mostly involving trouble with Wuxi’s money? Questions also arise that Tumi is trying to stop Khaya from proposing to her and that her new mother Lydia (Swankie Mafoko) is upset with her mother-in-law Val’s rule and her loving and caring husband. Temla (Motlatsi Mafatshe).
There’s a lot to do in four hours, but we’re sure there’ll be plenty of crazy family antics along the way. How to Spoil Christmas: The Funeral continues the cast’s chemistry from season one, reminiscent of the past’s best “Crazy Family” films.