Undertaking Betty Reviews

  • May 30, 2018

    Loved this movie, it was sweet, funny, and clever. American audiences need to give it another chance!

    Loved this movie, it was sweet, funny, and clever. American audiences need to give it another chance!

  • Apr 15, 2017

    I loved this quirky comedy romance with a terrific cast, especially Christopher Walden as the "fun" funeral director! Just a charming chuckle filled film!

    I loved this quirky comedy romance with a terrific cast, especially Christopher Walden as the "fun" funeral director! Just a charming chuckle filled film!

  • Sep 24, 2015

    A fun movie about love and mortuary business. Laugh out loud funny.

    A fun movie about love and mortuary business. Laugh out loud funny.

  • Apr 12, 2015

    It takes a while for it to get going, but why critics didn't like it, is beyond me. It really starts up about half way through. Classic cult comedy!! Walken, Molina & Blethyn shine.

    It takes a while for it to get going, but why critics didn't like it, is beyond me. It really starts up about half way through. Classic cult comedy!! Walken, Molina & Blethyn shine.

  • Sep 30, 2014

    A clunky but lighthearted spoof - good for an evening when you want to lighten up a little. It's a bit macabre, though, so be prepared for funeral jokes.

    A clunky but lighthearted spoof - good for an evening when you want to lighten up a little. It's a bit macabre, though, so be prepared for funeral jokes.

  • Apr 23, 2014

    This is one of my favorite movies.. Brenda Blethyn and Alfred Molina shine as the childhood sweethearts in this typical British bedroom farce. Christopher Walken is a riot as an over the top funeral director.

    This is one of my favorite movies.. Brenda Blethyn and Alfred Molina shine as the childhood sweethearts in this typical British bedroom farce. Christopher Walken is a riot as an over the top funeral director.

  • Sep 18, 2013

    Despite an all star cast and the dark comedy potential of the plot, this film falls flat on its face under the weight of stylistic indecisiveness and an overall despicable penchant for two dimensional caricatures and dull tired old clichés.

    Despite an all star cast and the dark comedy potential of the plot, this film falls flat on its face under the weight of stylistic indecisiveness and an overall despicable penchant for two dimensional caricatures and dull tired old clichés.

  • Jesse O Super Reviewer
    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.

    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.

  • Feb 17, 2013

    "Undertaking Betty" is a charming comedy without any pretensions and with a lot of good humor.

    "Undertaking Betty" is a charming comedy without any pretensions and with a lot of good humor.

  • Jan 21, 2013

    Wonderful cast. Quirky yet still too predictable.

    Wonderful cast. Quirky yet still too predictable.