"Bernie" Movie Review
"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.
Bernie Official Trailer
5-8-14NYTimes--Bernie Released from Prison
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"Richard Linklater’s darkly comic film “Bernie” helped achieve something truly novel this week: Freedom for a convicted murderer, Bernie Tiede, who was the subject of the movie and, in a bizarre twist, will live in Mr. Linklater’s garage apartment."
4-26-12NYTimes "Bernie" Review by Manohla Dargis
- ‘Bernie’ With Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine - NYTimes.com
Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black form an unlikely bond in “Bernie,” Richard Linklater’s dark comedy.