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“Academy Award® winner Christopher Walken (Best Supporting Actor, The Deer Hunter, 1978; Wedding Crashers) stars with Oscar® nominees Naomi Watts (Best Actress, 21 Grams, 2003; King Kong), and Brenda Blethyn (Best Supporting Actress, Little Voice, 1998; Beyond the Sea) in this devilish, offbeat comedy that follows the crowd-pleasing tradition of Waking Ned Devine. 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! With the help of her rekindled old flame, the local undertaker (Alfred Molina — Chocolat, Frida), a quiet funeral is planned down to the smallest detail. But nothing goes as planned when a flamboyant competing funeral director (Walken) jumps in determined to give Betty a send-off no one will ever forget!”
Undertaking Betty is rated PG-13 for sexual content/humor.
As you can see from the DVD cover, Naomi Watts has a role in this movie. It’s not quite as big of a role as you might expect from the advertising, but it’s fun to see her in her pre-King Kong era. I have good news and bad news for her fans. The good news is that she’s seen prancing around in lingerie and a Catwoman costume. The bad news is that most of the time she’s doing so with a large, sweaty, old Englishman. You win some, you lose some. Christopher Walken is also hilarious as Frank Featherbed, the rival undertaker. He’s delightfully over the top in this role as you probably guessed by the previously mentioned Star Trek funeral. Doc Ock fans will also get a kick out of seeing Alfred Molina in a role as a romantic lead.
Overall, if you like wacky comedies, dark comedies, or romantic comedies, you’ll probably want to check out Undertaking Betty. It’s a pleasant surprise that most people probably have never heard of.
There is one bonus feature included on this DVD and it’s a brief “making of” feature.