A lonely undertaker is saddled with a mobster for a house guest in THE UNDERTAKER'S WEDDING, a rough-edged comedy made enjoyable by an ingratiating cast.
As if Mario Bellini (Adrian Brody) didn't having enough trouble trying to find a woman willing to be the wife of a funeral director, he gets an offer he can't refuse from local mobster Alberto (Burt Young): In order to defuse an ongoing mob war, Alberto needs to fake the death of his hotheaded
brother Rocco (Jeff Wincott). He wants Mario to provide a fake funeral, and to give Rocco a hiding place for a few days.
Rocco isn't happy about being cooped up, and Mario has trouble restraining him. So Alberto sends over Rocco's sexpot wife Maria (Kari Wuhrer) to calm him down (though in doing so she inflames lonely Mario). Warming to his host, Rocco tries to help him win back his most recent girlfriend, Louise
(Holly Gagnier). But his advice only brings Louise into his own arms. Distraught, Mario spills his heart to Maria, who accidentally kills Rocco in a jealous rage. Tired of being a mob pawn and unwilling to see Maria go to jail for murder, Mario arranges for Rocco's mob enemies to think they have
killed him. The ruse works, leaving Mario and Maria happily sailing away on a ship for Sicily.
What THE UNDERTAKER'S WEDDING lacks in big laughs, it compensates for with sheer likability. Despite a tendency of the plot to lurch from scene to scene, it's pleasant enough so that it's a bit jarring when broken-hearted Mario watches Rocco in bed with the woman he tried so desperately to win,
and when Rocco (who isn't such a bad guy, as cold-blooded killers go) is killed. Brody (despite a haircut that makes him resemble David Schwimmer) and Wincott (taking a break from action roles) make a good team as the shy, sad-sack undertaker and the extroverted, dim-bulb mobster, while Wuhrer has
no trouble looking sexy, which is about all the script requires of her. (Violence, sexual situations, adult situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: R
- Review: A lonely undertaker is saddled with a mobster for a house guest in THE UNDERTAKER'S WEDDING, a rough-edged comedy made enjoyable by an ingratiating cast. As if Mario Bellini (Adrian Brody) didn't having enough trouble trying to find a woman willing to be… (more)