• Bernie (2012)


Release Date: April 27th, 2012

DVD Release Date: August 21st, 2012

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

Production Co: Mandalay Vision, Wind Dancer Films

Keywords: Offbeat, Amusing, Dark, 1990s, Mystery, Fall, Pursuit

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    More than the film that surrounds him, Jack Black is worth the price of admission in Bernie, an oddball May-December true life crime story that would have profited from being a whole lot darker and full-bodied than it is. show more

  • 60
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    It was a stroke of genius, at least a miniature one, to cast Black in this role – he's made to play the affable teddy bear who could snap at any moment. show more

  • 85
    Jeannette CatsoulisNPR

    The wonder of Black's performance here is its empathy and balance: inasmuch as he can disappear into any role, he dissolves into this one with no hint of mocking remove. It's a beautiful thing to see. show more

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