• Bernie (2012)

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

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Weirdly funny, inspiring film. show more

  • 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

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall 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

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy