Undertaking Betty (2003)
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...
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
as Betty Rhys-Jones
as Boris Plots
as Frank Featherbed
as Hugh Rhys-Jones
as Delbert Butterfield
as Thelma & Selma
as Rev. Price
as Dr. Owen
as Andrea Cass
as Rev. Price
as Kindly Old Lady
as Bob Murdock
as Vegas Showgirl
as Albert Edwards
as Dilys Rhys-Jones
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.Login
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
Discuss Undertaking Betty on our Movie forum!