New review from Movie Man Mike.
Bernie (B+). This movie has been out for quite some time and I kept hearing good things about it, so I decided to check it out. It’s still selling out! Let me say up front that I am not really a fan of Jack Black or the genre of movies that he is known for, but I have to say that he was quite good in this film. This story is based upon actual events in Carthage, Texas, and has appearances of many of the actual townspeople from Carthage. The main character is a man named Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), who is an assistant funeral director. Bernie moves to town and wins the hearts and souls of the townspeople, including rich widow Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), which is amazing because nobody likes Marjorie. Bernie winds up killing Marjorie and is put on trial for the murder. You would expect the townspeople to turn on Bernie, but he is so beloved that the townspeople come to his aid. This is a black comedy and it has some hilarious lines in it, some of which appear to be impromptu commentary from actual residents of Carthage. If you don’t see this at the theater, by all means rent it. You won’t regret it.