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Release Date:
22 June 2012 (Iceland) See more »
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Tagline:
A story so unbelievable it must be true.
Plot:
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Jack Black ... Bernie Tiede

Shirley MacLaine ... Marjorie Nugent

Matthew McConaughey ... Danny Buck

Brady Coleman ... Scrappy Holmes

Richard Robichaux ... Lloyd Hornbuckle

Rick Dial ... Don Leggett

Brandon Smith ... Sheriff Huckabee

Larry Jack Dotson ... Rev. Woodard
Merrilee McCommas ... Molly
Mathew Greer ... Carl
Marjorie Dome ... Townsperson
Tim Cariker ... Townsperson
Fern Luker ... Townsperson
Jack Payne ... Townsperson

Sonny Carl Davis ... Townsperson (as Sonny Davis)

Chris Humphrey ... Townsperson
Ann Reeves ... Townsperson
Kay Epperson ... Townsperson

Ira Bounds ... Townsperson
James Baker ... Townsperson
Kay McConaughey ... Townsperson
Kristi Youngblood ... Townsperson
Kenny Brevard ... Townsperson
Margaret Bowman ... Townsperson
Mollie Fuller ... Townsperson
Tanja Givens ... Townsperson
Glenda Jones ... Townsperson
Travis Blevins ... Townsperson
Sylvia Froman ... Townsperson
Martha Long ... Townsperson
Jo Perkins ... Townsperson
Reba Tarjick ... Townsperson

Dale Dudley ... Townsperson
James Wilson ... Townsperson
Teresa Edwards ... Townsperson
Billy Vaticalos ... Townsperson
Rob Anthony ... Townsperson

Tommy G. Kendrick ... Larry Brumley (as Tommy Kendrick)
Pam McDonald ... Townsperson
Kathy Gollmitzer ... Townsperson
Cozette McNeely ... Townsperson

Richard Andrew Jones ... Professor Fleming (as Richard Jones)
Charles Bailey ... Friend of Deceased
Suzi McLaughlin ... Mrs. Pebworth

Grant James ... Mr. Estes

Juli Erickson ... Mrs. Estes
J.D. Young ... Dwayne Nugent
Charlie m Stewart ... Dwayne Jr. (as Charlie Stewart)

Joe Stevens ... Lewie
Raquel Gavia ... Esmeralda
Amparo García ... Church Goer (as Amparo Garcia-Crow)
Toby Metcalf ... Oil Worker
Doug Moreland ... Chainsaw Artist
Edward Ji ... Pianist
Jill Blackwood ... Guys & Dolls Performer

David Blackwell ... Mel

Gabriel Luna ... Kevin
Deanna Newcomb ... Photographer
David Steakley ... Assistant Director
Peter Harrell Jr. ... Bank Manager
Joe Leroy Reynolds ... Deputy Sheriff (as Joe Reynolds)

Christian Stokes ... Truck Driver
John Hornbuckle ... Generator Operator

Wray Crawford ... Sheriff's Deputy #2
Margaret Hoard ... Café Waitress
Charles Allen Eskew ... IRS Agent
Quita Culpepper ... TV Reporter

Mona Lee Fultz ... Cashier
Jerry Biggs ... Judge

Robert Works ... Lead Juror
Chris Barfield ... Community Theater Group
Taylor Bryant ... Community Theater Group
Colin Bevis ... Community Theater Group
Jacqui Bloom ... Community Theater Group
Joshua Denning ... Community Theater Group
Ellie Edwards ... Community Theater Group
Alaina Flores ... Community Theater Group
Jennifer Foster ... Community Theater Group
Leslie Hethcox ... Community Theater Group
Jordan Hill ... Community Theater Group
Berkley Jones ... Community Theater Group
Trevor McGinnis ... Community Theater Group
Mika Odom ... Community Theater Group
Chell Parkins ... Community Theater Group
David Ponton ... Community Theater Group
Gray Randolph ... Community Theater Group
Rachel Hull-Ryde ... Community Theater Group
Ian Saunders ... Community Theater Group
Madelyn Shaffer ... Community Theater Group
Larissa Slota ... Community Theater Group
Daniel Rae Srivastava ... Community Theater Group
Ellen Stader ... Community Theater Group
Lara Wright ... Community Theater Group
Betty Andrews ... Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
Marcia Bailey ... Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
Umpy Bechtol ... Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
Nita Bouldin ... Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
Nellie Hickerson ... Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
Jeanetta Kloppe ... Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
Geraldine Miller ... Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
Sharon Rugsbee ... Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
Debbie Shaw ... Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
Flo Weiershausen ... Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
Gina Wooten ... Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
Gary Askins ... Juror
Ben Bachelder ... Juror (as Benjamin Bachelder)
Meredith Beal ... Juror
Stacey Bruck ... Juror
Michelle Briscoe ... Juror
Lesa Brooks ... Juror
Gayla Bruce ... Juror
Brenda Bunton ... Juror
Kristi Copeland ... Juoro
Jeff Davis ... Juror
Orion Gallagher ... Juror
Kenneth C. Liverman ... Juror (as Kenneth Liverman)
Linda Rudwick ... Juror
Mary Stifflemire ... Juror
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Patty Allieri ... Townsperson (uncredited)

Heath Allyn ... Mortuary Student (uncredited)
Cheryl Bond Danks ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Fred Bothwell ... Mourner (uncredited)
Steve Cauley ... Mourner (uncredited)
Gene Cervenka ... Grim Reaper - Prison Guard (uncredited)

Franky Coronado ... Prison Visitor (uncredited)
Randy Coy ... Hard Body Onlooker (uncredited)
Wendy Crouse ... Prison Visitor (uncredited)
Garret Danks ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Richard Dodwell ... Church Attendee (uncredited)
Eddy Fitzgerald ... Bernies Prison Guard (uncredited)

Valerie Frazee ... Robin (uncredited)

June Griffin Garcia ... Parisian Diner (uncredited)
Paul Heckmann ... Carthaginian Resident (uncredited)
Connie Kennedy ... Marti Gras Party Goer (uncredited)
Stephen C. Kerr ... The Corpse (uncredited)

Robert H. Lambert ... Courtroom Witness (uncredited)

Rudi Lee ... Grieving Widow (uncredited)

Floyd Lloyd ... Funeral Home Patron (uncredited)

Kevin Machate ... Federal Agent (uncredited)
Patrick Martin Jr. ... TV News Cameraman (uncredited)

James Leonardo Mayberry ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Timothy T. McKinney ... Small Deputy (uncredited)
Caroline McNeil ... Mourner (uncredited)
Joe Nelson ... Hearse Driver (uncredited)
Earl Nottingham ... Courthouse Vendor (uncredited)

Veronica Orosco ... Church Patron (uncredited)
Skye Polchert ... Choir Member / Churchgoer (uncredited)
Mitchell Rad ... Press Photographer (uncredited)

Angelita Aronce Sorensen ... Courtroom Visitor (uncredited)

Gary Teague ... Neighborhood Onlooker (uncredited)

Wendy Tobias ... Bernie's Haloween Party Reveler / Conga Line (uncredited)
Adrun Wilson ... Church Member (uncredited)

Daniel Zubiate ... Action News Cameraman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Linklater 
 
Writing credits
Skip Hollandsworth (based on the article in Texas Monthly by)

Richard Linklater (screenplay) &
Skip Hollandsworth (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Bassick .... executive producer
William T. Conway .... executive producer
John Paul DeJoria .... executive producer
Donald Fox .... executive producer (as Don Fox)
Jack Gilardi Jr. .... executive producer
Liz Glotzer .... producer
Alex Gudim .... executive producer
Lissa Gudim .... executive producer (as Lissa Collins-Guddim)
Ken Hirsh .... executive producer
Rav Indran .... associate producer (as Kannoo Ravindran)
Hardy Justice .... co-producer
Todd J. Labarowski .... associate producer (as Todd Labarowski)
Johnny Lin .... executive producer
Richard Linklater .... producer
Sean McEwen .... associate producer
David McFadzean .... producer
Kirsten McMurray .... co-producer
Dete Meserve .... producer
Duncan Montgomery .... executive producer
Mark Mower .... co-producer
Darby Parker .... executive producer
Judd Payne .... producer
Celine Rattray .... producer
Tiller Russell .... associate producer
Jack Selby .... executive producer (as Jack R. Selby)
Martin Shafer .... producer
Ginger Sledge .... producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Shane Stanger .... associate producer
Matt Williams .... producer
 
Original Music by
Graham Reynolds 
 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sandra Adair 
 
Casting by
Beth Sepko 
Sheila Steele 
 
Production Design by
Bruce Curtis 
 
Art Direction by
Rodney Becker 
 
Costume Design by
Kari Perkins 
 
Makeup Department
Michaela Farrell .... additional makeup artist
Roxie Hodenfield .... hair department head
Roz Music .... hair stylist: Mr. Black
Roz Music .... makeup artist: Mr. Black
Leola Perez .... additional hair stylist
Charmaine Richards .... key hair stylist
Kara Sutherlin .... key makeup artist
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup department head (as Pamela Westmore)
Jacenda Burkett .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup artist: Shirley MacLaine (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Ginger Sledge .... unit production manager
Karen Wacker .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michele Cusick .... second second assistant director
Kayse Goodell .... second assistant director
George Sledge .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Chia Berry .... art department coordinator
Justin Brookhart .... art department intern
Chris Clayton .... set dresser
Leila Dallal .... assistant property master
George Dishner .... set dresser
Melanie Ferguson .... on-set dresser
Juliet Guimont .... scenic artist
Evan Hodge .... set dresser
Juliana Hoffpauir .... additional buyer
Allan Holder .... propmaker
Ellen Lampl .... graphic designer
Jason Marlow .... graphic designer
Pat Martine .... scenic artist
Christopher Mekhail .... art department trainee: Australia (as Chris Mekhail)
David Menefee .... gang boss (as Dave Menefee)
Matt Miller .... set dresser
Andrew Schwartz .... art department trainee
Jonathan Shaffer .... property master
B.J. Smith .... lead scenic artist
Garrett Smith .... art department intern
Michael Smothers .... utility technician (as Mike Smothers)
Aaron Statler .... leadman
Justin Stegall .... set dresser
Tom Ward .... construction coordinator
Zac Ward .... propmaker (as Zak Ward)
 
Sound Department
Wayne Bell .... dialogue editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Kay Colvin .... cable person
Glenn Eanes .... sound editor
Susan Fitz-Simon .... foley artist
Susan Fitz-Simon .... foley editor
Tom Hammond .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Hammond .... supervising sound editor
Justin Hennard .... sound designer
John Pritchett .... sound mixer
David M. Roberts .... boom operator (as David Roberts)
Danny Reeves .... additional adr (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Everett Byrom III .... special effects coordinator (as Everett Byrom)
 
Visual Effects by
Dale Carman .... visual effects supervisor: Radium/Reel FX
Dustin D'Arnault .... matte painter: Radium/Reel FX (as Dustin D'arnault)
Dan Dixon .... visual effects supervisor: Radium/Reel FX
Leah Garner .... visual effects producer: Radium/Reel FX
Pete Herzog .... visual effects executive producer: Radium/Reel FX
Doug Hogan .... compositor: Radium/Reel FX
Dag Ivarsoy .... compositor: Radium/Reel FX
Laychin Lee .... visual effects artist: Radium/Reel FX
John Rogalski .... compositor: Radium/Reel FX
Mike Roy .... visual effects artist: Radium/Reel FX
Randall Smith .... compositor: Radium/Reel FX
 
Stunts
Cheryl Wheeler Duncan .... stunt double: Markorie (as Cheryl Wheeler-Duncan)
Jeff Schwan .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wes Ahl .... grip
Troy Anderson .... rigging electrician
Marc Andrus .... key grip
Roger Basquette .... video assist operator
Russell Beard .... rigging best boy electric
Kelly Bogdan .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Nathan Brown .... rigging electrician
Scott Conn .... rigging gaffer
Matt Cowan .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Dustin Cross .... digital imaging technician
Wes Dixon .... electrician
Steve Drake .... best boy grip
Patrick Fortune .... grip
Doug Gessaman .... rigging grip
Robert Hicks .... key rigging grip (as Rob Hicks)
Vance Holmes .... additional camera unit
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Don Howe)
Chip Huntington .... grip
Brad Keffer .... electrician
Shane Kelly .... camera operator: "b" camera
Shane Kelly .... director of photography: second unit
Pete Kolb .... rigging grip best boy (as Peter Kolb)
Ron Mann .... rigging grip
Mark Manthey .... chief lighting technician
Rob McGrath .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Richard Nance .... grip
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
Spencer Pharr .... best boy electrician
Dick Pope .... camera operator: "a" camera
Van Redin .... still photographer
Steve Speers .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Scott Sprague .... best boy electrician
Greg Travis .... electrician (as Travis Travis)
Wilson Waggoner .... additional camera unit
Ian Quigley .... rigging electric (uncredited)
Froylan Reyes Jr. .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Iris Davis-Quick .... extras casting assistant
Ashley Hallford .... extras casting
Tina Kerr .... extras casting
Angela Burns .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda J. Chambers .... costumer/stitcher (as Brenda Chambers)
Sara Cummings .... costume production assistant
Lee Hunsaker .... costume buyer (as Lee Hunsacker)
Lara McElroy .... costume production assistant
Robin McMullan .... costume supervisor
John H. Smith .... key costumer (as John Smith)
Mirin Soliz .... additional costumer
Stephanie A. Steel .... key costumer (as Stephanie Steel)
D.J. Castillo .... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Pete Cardella .... post-production assistant
Christine Cardenas .... post-production intern
Chelsea Dinsdale Murphy .... post-production assistant (as Chelsea Dinsdale)
Laura Geucherian .... digital intermediate producer
Chance Gilbert .... post-production intern
Ryan Gladden .... digital intermediate data wrangler
Kevin O'Connor .... digital intermediate final colorist
David Rosenblatt .... first assistant editor
Mike Saenz .... first assistant editor
Mark Smith .... digital intermediate engineer
David Townsend .... post-production coordinator
Thom Whitehead .... digital intermediate editor
 
Music Department
James Anderson .... musician: violin
Mike Bernal .... musician: guitar
Jack Black .... musician: vocalist
Lisa Brown .... music supervisor (as Lisa Brown Leopold)
Jeremy Bruch .... musician: drums
Alexis Buffum .... musician: violin
Maurice Chammah .... musician: violin
Ricky Davis .... musician: steel guitar
Jonathan Dexter .... musician: cello
Jason Elinoff .... musician: viola
Petra Haden .... musician: vocalist
Rachel Haden .... musician: vocalist
Tanya Haden .... musician: vocalist
Utah Hamrick .... musician: bass
Rebecca Haskins .... musician: oboe
Rebecca Jordan .... musician: clarinet
Valerie Klatt Fischer .... musician: cello
Paul Klemperer .... musician: saxophone, clarinet
Marty Lester .... additional music recordist: Tequila Mockingbird
Tom Lewis .... musician: drums
Matt Lilley .... musicologist
Freddie Mendoza .... musician: trombone
Buzz Moran .... music editor
Buzz Moran .... music mixer: WPA Studio
Buzz Moran .... music recordist
Hector Moreno .... musician: cello
Leah Nelson .... musician: viola
Graham Reynolds .... music mixer
Graham Reynolds .... music recordist
Graham Reynolds .... musician: guitars, contra bass
Graham Reynolds .... musician: piano
Graham Reynolds .... score producer
Paul Robertson .... musician: violin
Ben Saffer .... musician: clarinet
Seetha Shivaswarmy .... musician: flute
Jimmy Shortell .... musician: accordion, trumpet
Joseph Shuffield .... musician: violin
Adam Sultan .... musician: guitar
Redd Volkaert .... musician: guitar
Redd Volkaert .... musician: vocalist
Dale Watson .... musician: guitar
Dale Watson .... musician: vocalist
Jenni Wieland .... musician: french horn
Julia Windle .... musician: bassoon
 
Transportation Department
Ed Andrade .... driver
Dwight Cary .... driver (as Dwight 'Curly' Cary)
Charles Coulter .... transportation captain (as Charlie Coulter)
Fred Davis .... driver
Frank DeLaFuente .... driver
Mike Hitch .... driver
Cliff Hunt .... driver
Dustin Little .... driver
Joseph Lockwood .... driver (as Joe Lockwood)
Lonnie Nelson .... transportation co-captain
Ronnie Reeves .... driver
Hector G. Rodriguez .... driver (as Hector Rodriguez)
Charles D. Russell .... driver (as Charles Russell)
Joe Self .... driver
Victor Villareal .... driver
Marti Wells .... transportation coordinator
Wilburn White .... driver
Steven Willhoite .... driver
Steven Willhoite .... production van driver operator
 
Other crew
Ashley Adair .... photo archivist
Peter Atherton .... location scout
Donald Banks .... set production assistant
Matthew Baugh .... catering assistant
Gema Beasley .... additional office intern
Nicole Beaudoin .... production trainee
Brett B. Bunner .... accounting clerk (as Brett Bunner)
Chris Cantu-Salazar .... assistant location manager
John Cates .... set production assistant
Rebecca Chulew .... stand-in: Shirley MacLaine
Corbin Clem .... location intern
Kim Couture .... stand-in: Marjorie (as Kimberly Couture)
Cayla Cox .... office intern
James Crowley .... location manager
Jeremy Decker .... stand-in: Bernie
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... business and legal affairs: Sloss Eckhouse (as Jackie Eckhouse)
Ralph Fisher .... armadillo handler
Anthony Foreman .... location trainee
Leslie Frid .... set production assistant
Erin Elizabeth Gardner .... location aide
Kipling Harvey .... craft service (as Kip Harvey)
Raymond Hemza .... catering assistant
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: Mr. Black (as Elizabeth Hamel)
Joey Hudgins .... co-location manager
Chris M. Jackson .... assistant: Ms. Sledge (as Chris Jackson)
Dane Jensen .... post production intern
Brice Lane .... stand-in: Danny
Robin Lewis .... choreographer
Jason William Marlow .... graphic artist: on-screen graphics
Nic Marshall .... production executive (mandalay vision )
Michael Mattioli .... epk
Kirsten McMurray .... assistant: Mr. Linklater
Alex Milan .... assistant: Mr. Black, Texas
Jeremy Mohler .... set production assistant
Molly Murray .... production accountant (as Molly Murray-Bunner)
Quin Parthasarathy .... assistant: Mr. McConaughey
Joel Poage .... head chef
Kate Poss .... assistant production coordinator
Harry Rabin .... epk
Will Rimmer .... production assistant
Edgar Sandoval .... insurance underwriter
Brooke Satrazemis .... script supervisor
Karen Segall .... business and legal affairs: Sloss Eckhouse
Mark Sepulveda .... craft service assistant
Kathleen Shaw .... payroll accountant
Katie Shook .... assistant: Mr. Black
Vernon Smith .... on-set locations
Weston Smith .... accounting intern
David Steakley .... artistic producer: ZACH (as Dave Steakley)
Brian Sutherin .... set production assistant
Raigen Thornton .... set medic
Kristin Vela .... assistant: Shirley MacLaine
Melissa Volz .... additional office intern
Tristan Walling .... pilot and engineer
Meghan Welsch .... additional office intern
Jenni Wieland .... first assistant accountant
Jenni Wieland .... post production accountant
Leigh A. Wilbourn .... production coordinator (as Leigh Davis)
Shawn Williams .... production secretary (as Shawn Williams Brown)
Koen Wooten .... armourer
Andrea Block .... production assistant (uncredited)
Derek Di Biagio .... assistant: Matthew McConaughey (uncredited)
Evey Franceschini .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jenny Halper .... development executive (uncredited)
Frank Kearl .... location scout (uncredited)
Travis Wade Locke .... wrangler (uncredited)
Devon Hawkes Ludlow .... assistant: Mr. Conway (uncredited)
Charlie Nadler .... operations coordinator: Castle Rock Entertainment (uncredited)
Christopher L. Perez .... clearance counsel (uncredited)
Ian M. Stratford .... finance legal (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Lindsey Ashley .... special thanks
Carol Biggs .... special thanks
Jacques Boudreau .... special thanks
Wendy Crouse .... thanks
Rick Dial .... in loving memory of (as Richard Dial)
Valerie Frazee .... special thanks
Delores Haliburton .... special thanks
Tricia Linklater .... thanks
Marc Stephens .... special thanks
Meredith Stephens .... special thanks
Mark Yeh .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images and brief strong language
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99 min | USA:104 min
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Trivia:
Real residents of Carthage, Texas who knew the real Bernie Tiede and Marjorie Nugent appear in the film providing commentary on the events.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the beginning of the movie where he is driving into Carthage, there are reflections of his vehicle which show a camera assembly on the passenger side of the vehicle with crew sitting in the seats.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Professor Fleming:I'm very honored to introduce our guest lecturer today. He graduated from here about 15 years ago. He's gone on to a fabulous career. I can't think of a single person who's more qualified or more adept at the final procedures you've been studying lately. Now you've learned the science. Now's your chance to learn the art. Students, Mr. Bernie Tiede...
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35 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Enthusiastically quirky, 20 May 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

One could technically label Bernie a docudrama, as it is definitely more than meets the eye in terms of bringing facts to the table. The film is intercut with segments featuring the townspeople of Carthage, Texas discussing their relationship with the real Bernie Tiede and how his cheery eccentricities rubbed off on the town. Some of them are clearly actors, one of them being Matthew McConaughey's mother, but many are authentic folk off the street. Linklater very early on breeds variety into a film with so many unique and cute subtleties that after a while, you contemplate what you may have missed. Enthusiastically

Tiede is an assistant funeral director in Carthage, and can't be more proud of what he does. He's the man who fixes up the dead to make them look sometimes better than they did alive. Bernie is notorious for connecting deeply with his customers who have come to him after the death of a loved one, and even manages to stay in contact with many of them long after the funeral, dropping by and even bringing them flowers occasionally. He's a genial, kind soul and effortlessly brightens everyone's day. Almost like that guy on the street, at the office, on the bus, or in the neighborhood you don't know personally, don't know their history, or quite possibly even know their name, but you make the humane nuance to wave or say hello to them frequently. Tiede is an ode to that person in your life.

Bernie becomes friends with Marjorie Nugent (MacLaine), a wealthy old widow, who is mean-spirited and, after occupying a certain disdain for him, gives into his cheeriness and they begin hanging out with each other. It isn't long before Bernie grows weary of Mrs. Nugent's browbeating comments and shoots her four times in the back. Devastated at what he has done out of pure anger, he manages to conceal the body for months before the district attorney Danny Buck (played extremely well by McConaughey, whose character somewhat resembles Woody Harrelson's cold-blooded cop from Rampart), a cowboy-hatted, tall, and thin man always dapper, becomes suspicious of Bernie. He believes his nice appearance is just a put-on for the heartless deviant he really is.

The character of Bernie is played by Jack Black, in a role that is beyond any description I can helpfully provide. His character needs to be seen. Black takes a character, whose story and personality is likely unknown to many people in 2012, and invents this kind, charismatic person in the blink of an eye. Bernie is perhaps the nicest movie character I have been greeted with this year, and even after he kills an old woman, it's hard to even have harsh feelings for the sap. What he did was wrong, but it has become apparent that when a film features a cold-blooded killer, we are robbed of backstory and reason as to why he is doing this or how he got here. We learn so much about Bernie and his life before the inevitable murder that we almost can't hate the man despite his unforgivable actions.

Richard Linklater, who previously worked with Black in the impressive School of Rock, directs this black comedy with a serene bite, providing it with a rich script, and three lovable performances by three fine actors. Its deep south cinematography reminds me of the kind used in the drama Seven Days in Utopia, only more expressively used and healthier for the tone of the picture, not to mention the involving narrative carried throughout the excursion truly compliments the quiet rural nature of its setting. Bernie is one of the most enthusiastically quirky pictures of the year.

Starring: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey. Directed by: Richard Linklater.

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