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"Bernie" Movie Review

Updated on May 8, 2014
Jack Black "Bernie"
Jack Black "Bernie"
Shirley McLaine & Jack Black
Shirley McLaine & Jack Black
Matthew McConaughey, Mad Dog Texas Prosecutor
Matthew McConaughey, Mad Dog Texas Prosecutor


"Bernie" is a very funny movie written and directed by Richard Linklater and starring a pudgy, effeminate Jack Black, Shirley McLaine, Matthew McConaughey and the townspeople of Carthage, Texas. The movie is based on the true story of Bernie Tiede, a former mortician, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of the meanest woman in town, Marjorie Nugent, played convincingly by Shirley McLaine. Matthew McConaughey plays the mad dog Texas prosecutor.

Jack Black's Bernie is the most beloved person in town, and the widow Nugent is the richest and most hated person in town. Bernie has the misfortune of falling into the clutches of the widow Nugent who lures him into becoming her companion and factotum. Bernie ultimately tires of being browbeaten by Mrs. Nugent, and the rest is history. McConaghey was convincing as the archetypal Texas prosecutor, and the townspeople who played the rest of the characters were quite convincing as small town Texas rednecks. The only thing missing was George W. Bush in a cameo as one of the townspeople.

Highly recommended.

Bernie Official Trailer


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