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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.

Skip Hollandsworth(based on the article in Texas Monthly by),Richard Linklater(screenplay)

Jack BlackShirley MacLaineMatthew McConaughey

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We meet Bernie Tiede (1958- ), a chubby undertaker, who takes pride in his work. Hes a Gospel-singing tenor. In a series of interviews with townspeople, mixed with flashbacks, we follow Bernie: he arrives in Carthage, Texas (pop. 7,000), where old ladies adore him; he befriends a wealthy, mean-spirited widow named Marjorie Nugent; they become companions in both daily routines and expensive vacations. Among those interviewed, only her stockbroker and Danny Buck, the local district attorney, are unsympathetic toward the sunny, sometimes saccharine Bernie. Marjorie changes from sour and alone to happy with Bernie; then she gets possessive. What will sweet Bernie do?Written by

Rated PG-13 for some violent images and brief strong language

Mandalay VisionWind Dancer ProductionsDetour Filmproduction

Matthew McConaughey, who plays District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson, was born and raised in Texas, where the film takes place.See more

(at around 1 min) When Bernie is on the phone with Lloyd, theres an Apple Macbook Pro (Second Generation) in front of him. The Second Generation Macbook Pro didnt come out until late 2008 and the murder took place in 1998.See more

Professor Fleming: Im very honored to introduce our guest lecturer today. He graduated from here about 15 years ago. Hes gone on to a fabulous career. I cant think of a single person whos more qualified or more adept at the final procedures youve been studying lately. Now youve learned the science. Nows your chance to learn the art. Students, Mr. Bernie Tiede…

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Written by James Rowe (uncredited) andHoward E. Smith(uncredited)

See moreFrequently Asked QuestionsQ:Is it Jack Black doing the singing in the movie Bernie?See moreUser ReviewsComedy and intelligent can go together3 May 2013 bycinematic_aficionadoSee all my reviews

It is not often that a comedy so intelligent and refined, such as Bernie, that comes along. First and foremost making a comedy out of a real life dramatic story is an accomplishment in its own right. On to that add Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McCounaghey and you got just about the right ingredients.Bernie is the nicest person a small town has ever known who ends up committing a murder, thus posing the question: if the perpetrator of a crime is highly regarded and the victim is not, does this make the crime any lesser?Superb performances by McCounaghey and Black, intelligent dialogue, and a dual format that of film documentary assures you of a good time at the cinema.Often comedies have a tendency to be lame, which is confused as humour and Bernie was undoubtedly a breath of fresh air.