Review: Based on a true story set in small-town Texas. A funeral director becomes friends with a wealthy widow. The widow becomes very controlling. Everyone knows the funeral director and is one of the town’s most beloved residents. The friendship was almost becoming too much and he started separating himself from her. Things start to get very nasty indeed.
Director: Richard Linklater
Actors: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine
Year: 2011
Genre: Comedy, Crime and Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
Very good performances and well directed. This is a perfect role for Jack Black and I couldn’t believe how much he looked like the real Bernie. In 2014 the real Bernie was released from prison early but had to live in a garage apartment at the home of Richard Linklater. Jack Black went to the prison that Bernie was in and met him personally. Shirley MacLaine also spoke to him over the phone. There is a cameo in this of Matthew McConaughey’s mum. This film is almost a documentary because many of the interviews are with real people who knew Bernie. This is typical of Richard Linklater’s documentary style. It helps that this is a true story. One film critic wrote “Hugely-entertaining, smartly directed and darkly funny black comedy with a superb script and a terrific central performance from Jack Black”.

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