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Genre Comedy
Running Time 95 min
Release Date Apr 27, 2012
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Assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated him, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. He frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. She became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity, and he struggled… Show more

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May 18, 2012 - Boston.com - By Ty Burr, Globe Staff

With “Bernie,” actor Jack Black and director Richard Linklater achieve a partial return to grace. Both men are genuine pop eccentrics whose careers have stalled in recent years, Black’s with mainstream crud like “Gulliver’s Travels,” Linklater’s with oddities like “Me and Orson Welles.” Their previous film together, 2003’s “The School of Rock,” was a commercial high-water mark for both men and, in a way, “Bernie” offers the duo a fresh beginning. It’s a true-crime black comedy that lets Linklater reconnect with the fondness for Texas oddballs that animated early films like “Slacker” and “Dazed and Confused.” At the same time, Black gets to play an actual character instead of a loudmouthed cartoon. The movie’s bright and endearing and surprisingly lacking in a point. I wish I liked it better, but it’s a start.

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