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Bernie makes everyone smile

9 Jan


Writer/Director Richard Linklater read a Texas magazine article that followed the 1996 murder of 81 year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, Texas by her 39 year-old companion Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede and turned it into a movie.

Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) begins a job as a mortician at a local funeral home. He is regarded as the nicest man in town. Bernie meets Marjoire Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), a wealthy widow regarded as the most hated woman in town. After month of marriage, Bernie murders her and District Attorney Davidson (Matthew McConaughey) must find a way to secure a fair trial.

Linklater’s dark comedy inserts documentary-like interview segments through out the film to keep it rooted in the community which played a major role in the real-life events.  An interesting device  he uses to make the film quirky was mixing professional actors in with some of the actual people that knew Bernie. The combination cast works perfectly and Jack Black’s performance makes everyone smile.


Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A