Undertaking Betty 2003

Undertaking Betty

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Movie Info

A politician's wife (Brenda Blethyn) and the mortician (Alfred Molina) who has secretly loved her for years plan to fake her death so they can run away together.

Cast & Crew

Brenda Blethyn
Betty Rhys-Jones
Alfred Molina
Boris Plots
Christopher Walken
Frank Featherbed
Lee Evans
Delbert Butterfield
Robert Pugh
Councillor Hugh Rhys-Jones
Miriam Margolyes
Thelma & Selma
Terry Chase Chenowith
Executive Producer
Alex Marshall
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David Rogers
Executive Producer
Marie Vine
Executive Producer
Rupert Gregson-Williams
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James Welland
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John Richards
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Critic Reviews for Undertaking Betty

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Audience Reviews for Undertaking Betty

  • Sep 17, 2013
    I think everybody in the cast is very talented, I really do. And they sure as shit try their best to make this film work but I think the script is pretty terrible. The script isn't really worried about characters as much as it is worried about making sure that there are silly hi-jinks for the characters to get into. It had the potential to be a sweet yet dark romantic comedy, but it didn't work. The problem is, the writing in the film feels like it's straight off a sitcom. And not a very good one at that. This is where the cast comes in and really saves the day. That's not to say that they make the movie good, but they at least make it far better than it had any right to be with this shitty script. While I don't think the movie's decent, they do salvage the film in some ways. The movie has its funny moments. The funniest being Christopher Walken in his delivery of a line after a short sequence where nobody could finish a sentence. I don't think this line would've been funny if done by anybody else other than Christopher Walken. Because it really isn't a funny line and it probably didn't read as funny on paper either, but Walken makes it work. Hell, he's probably the only interesting character in the entire film with his trying to make the business of undertaking far more entertaining. The rest of the characters are fine but severely underdeveloped. The problem with the romance between Boris and Betty is that the only reason they're "attracted" to each other is that they didn't get to share a dance at a school party when they were in their teens. That's literally ALL there is to their love. Is that really reason enough to fall in love with someone? It's clear I'm over-analyzing things, as I tend to do, since I'm sure I was supposed to fill in the cracks on my own, but it's still a little silly when all the movie presents is that they never danced with each other and, apparently, that was supposed to be enough to show how much in love they were. That's not enough for me. Really, at worst, the movie is a series of unfortunate, and contrived, events without a rhyme or reason other than it's just goofy. At best, it's a shitty script that is elevated slightly by its cast, even if they can't work miracles with a script that seems to have barely made it out of the first draft stage.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2007
    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
  • Jul 09, 2007
    It's a very cool, and dark comedy. Awesome cast, and nice performances. It does has some holes in the story, but I still enjoyed it anyway.
    Liolia K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2007
    A quirky, charming comedy. Highly recommend.
    FanGirl B Super Reviewer

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