Undertaking Betty (2003)
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Directed by Nick Hurran, Undertaking Betty revolves around the competitive world of undertaking in the Welsh countryside. One of the most respected names in the biz -- Plotz Funeral Homes -- is directed by Boris Plotz (Alfred Molina), whose youthful dreams consisted of two decidedly cheerier concepts than the embalming process: dancing and marrying his childhood crush, Betty Rhys-Jones (Brenda Blethyn). Unfortunately, the pressure to take over the family business became too much for Boris to resist, particularly after Betty, despite being secretly in love with Boris, was married off to a known gold digger. Both Betty and Boris' lives remain firmly status quo until the death of Betty's mother-in-law, whose funeral arrangements throw the unsatisfied couple back together. While the spark between Betty and Boris is reignited, rival funeral director Frank Featherbed (Christopher Walken) grows increasingly angry; the American funeral director desperately wants to revolutionize the U.K. undertaking business with his unique "theme" funerals. Ultimately, Boris and Betty resort to desperate measures -- since the only thing keeping him away from Betty is her two-timing husband, they decide to stage Betty's demise and elope somewhere far away from the death business. … More
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as Frank Featherbed
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as Delbert Butterfield
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as Andrea Cass
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as Bob Murdock
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as Albert Edwards
as Dilys Rhys-Jones
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Critic Reviews for Undertaking Betty
The flick feels like Six Feet Under meets Waking Ned Devine written on a 5th-grade reading level.
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.
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!More
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