Small Welsh town undertaker Boris Plots (Alfred Molina) is still hurting 30 years after he dithered too long to ask Betty to dance at the school dance. Now, Betty (Brenda Blethyn) is married to the overweight and uncaring Hugh Rhys-Jones (Robert Pugh), a local Councillor who is having an ongoing affair with his tarty secretary, Meredith (Naomi Watts). Boris and Betty are drawn together when arranging the funeral for Betty’s mother in law, and Boris confesses his love – and wants to take her away from her miserable life. This coincides with the arrival of Frank Featherbed (Christopher Walken) who has inherited a local business which is now competition, with all the theatrical and marketing savvy of an off Broadway, wanna-be, for Plots Funeral Homes. But Boris hatches a deadly plan to steal good natured Betty from nasty Hugh, which involves her own funeral.

A comedy where love finds new life and death is something to laugh about.

Boris Plots, Alfred Molina, and Frank Featherbed, Christopher Walken, are rival funeral directors in a small Welsh town. Boris believes in tradition, while Frank, who comes from Milwaukee, thinks funerals should be fun. Boris has adored Betty Rhys-Jones, Brenda Blethyn, since they were children; he imagines himself as Fred Astaire to her Ginger Rogers, but Betty is married to philandering town councillor Hugh Rhys-Jones, Robert Pugh, unaware that he\'s having a bit on the side with his secretary, Naomi Watts. This self-described \'fable\', directed by Nick Hurran, starts off promisingly, but eventually degenerates into abject silliness. It was made a couple of years ago, before Naomi Watts, who has a most thankless role, had achieved the status she has today, and it\'s chief interest is in seeing the often eccentric Christopher Walken camping it up as Featherbed, the most outrageous funeral director in the business.