Crime. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 44 minutes.
by Van Redin – © 2011 Millennium Entertainment
MacLaine and Jack Black in Bernie
Bernie Tiede (played
by Jack Black) was an Assistant Funeral Director in the town of
Carthage, Texas. He was a kind, gentle and compassionate man.
With his beautiful voice, he loved to sing gospel songs and give
caring and kind eulogies for the deceased.
During the entire movie
were testimonials from the townspeople about how nice and generous
Bernie was to them.
After the funeral of
one woman's husband, generous Bernie visited the widow, Marjorie
Nugent (played by Shirley McLaine) and he brought flowers, candy
and bath products. You see, comforting the people left behind
made Bernie the most likable person in town. Marjorie was the
wealthiest woman in town and the meanest also. Nobody like Marjorie.
She was just plain nasty to everyone.
As Bernie became close
to Marjorie, she treated Bernie like a slave to cater to her every
whim, for which he got paid well. However, eventually Bernie got
to the end of his rope and despised Marjorie. As he got sick and
tired of her telling him what to do, Bernie shot her in the back
four times and put her body in the freezer in the garage.
Bernie was a shopaholic
and spent her money like crazy for nine whole months before he
finally got caught. He was charged with murder.
The District Attorney,
Danny Buck (played by Matthew McConaughy) prosecuted Bernie to
the full extent of the law. But the townspeople couldn't believe
Bernie would do such a thing and wanted to get him off for being
such a nice person. What happens next, you will have to see the
Scenes for the film
were shot all over Texas: Austin, Bastrop, Carthage, Georgetown
and Smithville. Richard Linklater directed Bernie. He
previously worked with Black in 2003's The School of Rock.
I thought it was a
fairly good movie and seeing Jack Black in such a serious role
was very different. Some parts were funny even though the subject
matter was about funerals.
credit: Millennium Entertainment