Undertaking Betty

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Watching "Undertaking Betty" is probably the next best thing to actually being dead.

I don't think this film went straight to video, but it certainly never got an American release. Why, you ask? Well, I bet it had something to do with the fact that the director, Nick Hurran, directed a little film called "Little Black Book". Anybody remember that one? I didn't think so.

Oh, who am I kidding? We all know that directing crap is about as likely to get you kicked out of the director's club as accidentally setting a bomb off in your tent is to get you kicked out of terrorist boot camp. I just like to think that when you perform badly at your job, it has consequences. Call me a dreamer.

You know this film must have something wrong with it to star Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina, Naomi Watts, and Christopher Walken, yet never be released in the U.S. What's wrong with it is that it's yet another of those farcical, quaint, little British comedies. This one takes place in Wales and concerns a plan by undertaker Boris Plots (Alfred Molina) and Betty Rhys-Jones (Brenda Blethyn) to fake her death so that they can be together.

Obviously, this begs one question: what the hell is Christopher Walken doing in it, which is exactly what I was asking myself through virtually every scene of the movie. The answer, I think, is revealed in the short extra featurette in which the director reveals that the movie was originally meant to be set in America but then Brenda Blethyn signed on first and everyone thought: wouldn't this make a cut British comedy! Right-O! Like we haven't had enough of those in the last ten years.

Watching "Undertaking Betty" is probably the next best thing to actually being dead.

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