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Bernie – In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently...Read Full Story
Bernie Tiede was a resident of the small community of Carthage, Texas: an assistant funeral director who thrived on giving pleasure to his family, friends and the community. They loved him back, even the town bitch: the rich and elderly Marjorie Nugent. Bernie soon charms her with his unadulterated attention and companionship. The two take extravagant world-trips and high-living vacations. Having no loving family members, Marjorie eventually bequeaths her entire fortune to Bernie. She...Read Full Story
BERNIE may be the sweetest comedy about a homicide I've ever seen. Some have described it as "black comedy" but there's actually an incredible amount of warmth on display. Can a movie about a middle-aged closeted homosexual who shoots an elderly woman in the back be life-affirming? BERNIE inspires me to keep an open mind.The true story that informs the film sounds like something you'd typically see on the Investigation Discovery channel. A younger man becomes involved with a rich older lady...Read Full Story
Richard Linklater has always been known for his wry sense of humor when it comes to the finished product of his scripts, but not until Bernie, based on the true events of Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), has he so eloquently been able to infuse one of his films with such a heightened sense of the macabre. It also gave him the chance to explore another of his favorite genres, non-fiction (as evidenced by his much less successfully adapted version of Fast Food Nation). Because, as we all know, the...Read Full Story
[This review was originally published for our South by Southwest Film 2012 coverage. It is being re-posted to coincide with the film's wide release. ]
Everybody knows that Jack Black is known for a specific type of character that he plays, creating a huge distinction between fans and detractors. In Richard Linklater's Bernie, he dials it back, but is it enough to sway the Jack Black haters? Beyond that, is it enough to even retain those that actually like Jack Black's particular flavor of...Read Full Story
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