Undertaking Betty

6.61 h 28 min2006PG-13
Stuck in a marriage that's killing her, Betty (Blethyn) thinks the only way to break from her two-timing scoundrel of a husband is to fake her own death!
Nick Hurran
Naomi WattsBrenda BlethynChristopher Walken
English [CC]
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Alfred Molina
Suzanne LyonsJason Piette
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

274 global ratings

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Lisa SwanReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious comedy and tender romance, perfect blend.
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Hilarious and tender romance. A really sweet, funny movie with very clever plot twists. Two shy people (Brenda Blethyn and Alfred Molina) who have loved each other since childhood but never had the courage to tell each other how they felt. She married a man who is a bully and unfaithful when suddenly fate brings Blethyn and Molina together and they confess they've been secretly in love all these years. Molina is an Undertaker who always dreamed of being a ballroom dancer and he comes up with a plan where they can run away together and disappear. Christopher Walken, who is hysterical and creepy as the other undertaker in town discovers the lover's plan and agrees to help them. I absolutely loved this movie. The plot is very clever and different, the actors are brilliant and the ending is very satisfying. Absolutely deserves 5 stars and is a movie I'll watch any day I need to be cheered up.
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Debbie H, ArizonaReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my most favorite movies!
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This story is priceless -- hilarious with details, good acting -- Alfred Molina makes a wonderful good guy after seeing him in so many movies as the heavy. He's wonderful in this, as is Brenda Blethyn. Christopher Walken is at his hilarious best. I've watched this over and over because I find it to be so funny. The whole cast was excellent for their roles.
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AuthorDanReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I like to rib the Brits
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Treats difficult moral subjects with a moral compass that is clearly lacking in Hollywood, USA. I like to rib the Brits, but must really hand it to the makers of this wonderfully entertaining and morally redeeming film. Even the sexually suggestive parts are NOT gratuitous and are important in order to show the wages of -- dare we use this word in a Leftists world? -- sin. My wife liked it too; it's a very humorous & heartwarming chick flick in-disguise, and nearly as much a guy film too.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shows movie previews but can't make movie play. Can make it play now.
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Going to have to send back because the movie previews will play but when I try to play the movie the screen goes black and wont play the movie. Second copy I have tried.
Play movie part two. Just now got movie to play. Had to go to scene selection and click on scene one to get it to play. Very unusual!
Love the movie just wish I didn't have to jump through hoops to make it work.
David E. BaldwinReviewed in the United States on June 3, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rousing Undertaking
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I was smiling throughout after a stressful day at work at this imaginative film. It felt like the classic Ealing comedies of olde. Director Nick Hurran adeptly juggles the demands of the film between the darkly humorous moments and the sweet but definitely not saccharine. Brenda Blethyn and Alfred Molina are quite effective and affecting as the two unrequited lovers divided by circumstance. Naomi Watts is deliciously tarty as Blethyn's husband's mistress. Is there any movie that Christopher Walken can't steal? Well, "Wedding Crashers" but I gather that was by choice. As Molina's rival mortician, Frank Featherbed, Walken imbues his character with elements of a pimp and Vegas impressario. He stages funerals that you'll never forget or at least try to forget. My brother saw this on BBC America and recommended it to me and I'm going to pass on the recommendation.
3 people found this helpful
ellen silvermanReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A funny, surreal, and totally delightful film!
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Delightfully surreal musical with an exceptional cast in the tradition of the best of the wacky British comedies. Reminiscent of Terry Thomas, Sir Alec Guinness and Dame Margaret Rutherford. I
enjoyed every moment!
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Quirky comedy right up my alley!
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What's not to like? Lost love, infidelity, competing funeral directors, creative funeral services by Christopher Walken, a "corpse" on ice, deception and mischief, all in a small British town.

I originally watched this on a streaming service. It was bizarre and funny and wanted a copy after it was no longer available on streaming. Alas, I loaned out my copy and lost track. So, got a second copy!
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malcolm spinkReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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A good British comedy film with an American actor as well, different and very enjoyable
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