Bernie is a black comedy starring Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, and Rip Torn. Bernie (Jack Black) befriends one of the wealthiest women in town, Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine). She is also one of the most hated. Bernie reaps the benefits of this relationship until people start to notice that Majorie has not been seen in a while. The film looks to be a good, funny flick. I like the interviews with the people of the town. You have to love Texas and all its sayings.
“In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, 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 Bernie, 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. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.
In this dark comedy, director Richard Linklater captures all the hilarity, friendliness, eccentricity and absolute strangeness of small-town Texas life. Jack Black plays Bernie Tiede, Shirley MacLaine plays Mrs. Nugent, and Matthew McConaughey plays the town’s blustery real-life District Attorney, Danny Buck Davidson, who was determined to get to the bottom of the crime. Co-written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth, BERNIE is a Mandalay Vision and Wind Dancer Films production. ”
Bernie will show at SXSW on March 14, 2012 and will be in theatres April 27, 2012.