Friday, February 15, 2013

Movie Review - Bernie

Movie Review - Bernie

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

Photos Millennium Entertainment

Bernie. Millennium Entertainment, Mandalay Vision and Wind Dancer Films. Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Richard Linklater. Written by Richard Linklater & Skip Hollandsworth. Produced by Richard Linklater & Ginger Sledge.

Bernie Tiede (Jack Black)
  Back in the late 90’s in the tiny town of Cathage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. Tiede did it all from teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir and helping anyone in need. 

     All of the locals loved Bernie so it was no surprise that after he handled the funeral of wealthy Carthage oilman and chairman of Carthage’s bank Rod Nugent that he soon struck up a friendship with Nugent’s widow Marjorie who was the most hated woman in town. 

Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine)

   Marjorie lavish Bernie with gifts and took him on world trips. He soon was her one man valet, handling all of her affairs. Marjorie gradually left Bernie with no life of his own and her demands only increased as he struggled to keep up. 

DA Danny Buck Davidson (Matt McConaughey)
      Then Marjorie came up missing for nine months and no one cared or missed her but the town’s DA Danny Buck Davidson. She was found stuffed in rectangular floor freezer in her garage where she had been shot four times in the back. Bernie was arrested, convicted and sent to prison for life. The film tells the story in narrative form from the viewpoint of the actual people in Carthage. This is an interesting movie.

***Good! (Ride In The Middle)!

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