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PG-13| 1 hr. 44 min.

Plot Summary
Assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) is one of the most-beloved residents in the small Texas town of Carthage. Sunday-school teacher, choir member and creator of spectacular funerals, Bernie is a friend to everyone, including Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), a rich but nasty widow whom no one else likes. When Marjorie is found shot to death and stuffed in a freezer, Bernie is charged with the murder, and concerned Carthage citizens immediately spring to his defense.

Cast: Jack Black , Shirley MacLaine , Matthew McConaughey , Brady Coleman , Richard Robichaux , Rick Dial , Brandon Smith , Larry Jack Dotson

Director: Richard Linklater

Genres: Dark comedy, Crime drama

Distributor: Millennium Entertainment

Bernie (2012)

Release Date: April 27th, 2012|1 hr. 44 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    No use trying to describe Bernie. It's a one-of-a-kind inspiration. You will never feel closer to a convicted killer. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    You should have the opportunity to experience the movie the way I did, in complete ignorance, enjoying its every weird turn. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Where the movie is at its best is in the comically laconic, straight-to-the-camera remarks offered by Carthage's residents. (They're played by a mix of local actors and real townspeople doing partially scripted versions of themselves.) show more

  • February 16, 2013 mh00000000138435
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    Very good dark comedy. Jack Black delivers and Shirley MaClaine was perfect. Great movie with outstanding performances by all.

  • October 04, 2012 tugbaby
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    I had never heard of it but went on $2 night and enjoyed it so much I rented it to show some friends. We are all old farts in our forties and thi nk he should have \"dumped out of the plane\" and kept his mouth shut.

  • September 01, 2012 zg00000000074322
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    The only reason I watched this movie was because Jack Black had the lead role. Unfortunately, it was by far one of the most boring movies I have seen all year. If not for a great performance by Black, it would be hands down two stars.

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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'Bernie,' 'The Dictator'

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Eric Larnick on Aug 21st, 2012 12:40PM

Moviefone's Pick of the Week "Bernie" What's It About? Jack Black re-teams with "School of Rock" director Richard Linklater for a twisted dark comedy about the true story of Bernie Tiede, an...

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