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Undertaking Betty (2003)

Undertaking Betty (2003)

Undertaking Betty




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Boris Plotz, Director of the Plotz Funeral Home, dreamed of only two things as a young boy: dancing and Betty. Betty secretly loved Boris, but could not find her father's wishes, so she was married off to a gold digger. Boris gave up his dreams and took over the family's undertaking business in their small town. Everything has remained status quo in their lives until Betty's mother-in-law dies. Boris and Betty are thrust together again and as they discuss the funeral arrangements for Betty's mother-in-law, the old spark is re-kindled. Her funeral will be held at Plotz Funeral Homes, much to the chagrin of the funeral director, Frank Featherbed. An America, Featherbed is determined to revolutionize the undertaking business in Whales through the innovation of "theme" funerals. Betty and Boris discover that the only obstacle between their love for one another is Betty's marriage to the two-timing mayor. In a desperate Bid for Happiness, Boris and Betty decide to stage her death and run away together. Meanwhile Featherbed is holding his first funeral--done much to the surprise of the bereaved, in a Star Trek theme. During the service, Featherbed's assistant operates the special effects that produce smoke and music. However, when he pushed the switch that raises the coffin for the "beamed up" effect, the switch sticks and the coffin breaks through the roof! Boris pursues the plan for faking Betty's death by enlisting the help of the town doctor. But still, nothing goes as planned, and so the comedy begins.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Frederick Ponzlov
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 7, 2006
Miramax Films - Official Site


Brenda Blethyn
as Betty Rhys-Jones
Alfred Molina
as Boris Plots
Christopher Walken
as Frank Featherbed
Naomi Watts
as Meredith
Robert Pugh
as Hugh Rhys-Jones
Lee Evans
as Delbert Butterfield
Miriam Margolyes
as Thelma & Selma
Ena Cohen
as Candace
Malcolm Cousins
as Rev. Price
Howell Evans
as Dr. Owen
Beverly Hotsprings
as Andrea Cass
Dafydd Hywel
as Gravedigger
Pat Kane
as Kindly Old Lady
Robert Page
as Bob Murdock
Dawn Pritchard
as Vegas Showgirl
Stan Stennet
as Albert Edwards
Menna Trussler
as Dilys Rhys-Jones
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Critic Reviews for Undertaking Betty

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

It's rarely a good sign when a movie feels obliged to add the words 'a fable' beneath its main title -- and Undertaking Betty is no exception.

Full Review… | November 10, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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Full Review… | December 1, 2008
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The flick feels like Six Feet Under meets Waking Ned Devine written on a 5th-grade reading level.

Full Review… | March 29, 2006

...a charming, low-key romantic comedy...

Full Review… | March 17, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

one of the warmest, sweetest dark comedies I've seen

Full Review… | March 11, 2006
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Undertaking Betty

Here's an interesting movie that follows two individuals whom have loved each other for many years, and one day Boris's love interest decides to take matters into her hands and fake her own death so that she could be with Boris. Fascinating story plot that is filled with some intriguing sense-of-humor. Great cast- Alfred Molina, Brenda Blethyn, Christopher Walken, and Naomi Watts. Worth seeing!

Leo L

Super Reviewer


A quirky, charming comedy. Highly recommend.

FanGirl Browncoat

Super Reviewer


pretty good but this subject has been done and done better than this one think "6 feet under" for example

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