Inspired by a true story, loveable Texas mortician Bernie gives of himself to everyone around him in many ways. But after befriending a wealthy widow and caring for her extensively, he kills her and hides the deadly deed.
Jack Black (Bernie), Shirley MacLaine (Marjorie), Matthew McConaughey (Danny), Brady Coleman (Scrappy), Richard Robichaux (Lloyd), Rick Dial (Don), Brandon Smith (Sheriff), Larry Dotson (Rev. Woodard).
Bernie is the interesting tale of a mortician with a big heart. Giving of his time and talents in business, to children and schools, and helping the elderly, Bernie is a true humanitarian. He is particularly giving to Marjorie, a cranky but wealthy widow, until he one day kills her. Hiding the crime, Bernie tries to convince the town Marjorie is still alive. Somewhat campy throughout, the story is amusing in a strange way but moves along reasonably well while providing good depth.
Black does a good job as Bernie delivering solid emotion and quality. MacLaine is in type as the cranky widow, delivers well, and works good with Black. McConaughey felt a bit over the top while at the same time being underused in this one. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid and entertaining.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done with a realistic feel and good detail. Effects were minimal but good. Dialogue was campy and satirical but at the same time delivered good depth. Sound and soundtrack were well done.
Based on a true story, it is hard to believe there wasn’t some drama added to make this one more interesting. The film winds down with an expected ending that may leave some torn, while others cheer. Indie drama fans will likely enjoy this the most, as will Jack Black fans.
With some violence and foul language this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Comedies, Dramas, Independent Movies, Crime Dramas, Dramas based on real life
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