Bernie (2011)

Bernie (2011)
  • Time: 104 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Cast: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey


In this true story in the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.

One review

  • Jack Black gives a memorable performance of a beloved assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede from Carthage, Texas. Based on a true story, Bernie becomes a lifeline and companion to a wealthy sour widow Marjorie Nugent played by Shirley MacLaine. Marjorie was not an easy person but she had been estranged by her own son and grandchildren. With a wealthy estate, Marjorie was demanding. At first, Bernie befriended the lonely widow offering flowers and body wash. Bernie had a knack with people. Marjorie slowly became his platonic companion even though she was difficult. When she died, it took 9 months before they found her. What makes this film different are the local gossips played by East Texas residents. Except for the major roles, the characters of townspeople made it seem more real like a TV movie. It’s not a bad but actually entertaining to see real people too in the movie!

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