Bernie 2011

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In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.

Starring:
Jack Black,Shirley MacLaine
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Bernie

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director Richard Linklater
Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine
Supporting actors Matthew McConaughey
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Cohen VINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
I was told this film was a bit like Harold & Maude. I suppose it resembled it a bit, but it didn't have the same manic sense of humour. If you film a true story, you have to fit it to reality, and in this case it dragged at some points. Jack Black puts in a fine performance and the real 'neighbours' do the job very well. It's also a film about small town Texas. I suppose it's almost a documentary.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 6 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
This is a movie based on a true story. What is unfortunate is that the DVD cover write up assumes that you are familiar with the story and explains the entire plot. Bernie (Jack Black) is a nice guy who hangs wallpaper, does tax returns, directs the choir, directs plays, does needlepoint and makes curtains. He is also the town's assistant funeral director...one that doesn't hang out with girls.

Bernie befriends Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine) a rich mean woman hated by the town and her own family. The movie is done similar to "Broadway Danny Rose" in that part of it is a mock docu-drama with some funny locals. Jack Black does not come across as someone from East Texas. I doubted the sincerity of Bernie because they tried to make him a little too cute and humorous. That said, it did make the film more entertaining which is what counts in the long run.

There were very few laugh out loud moments, but many moments that made me smile. The trial at the end of the film was far too short and a missed opportunity for some comedic moments. The film is witty and entertaining. For those of you with poor eyesight, that is Matthew McConaughey on the poorly designed DVD cover and not Chevy Chase.

Parental Guide: 1 F-Bomb that I recall, no sex or nudity.
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By Rip on 9 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An unusual Jack Black performance but not disappointing. This story is not the usual Jack-manic performance and tells the true story of a calm and well respected man who is pushed over the edge.

Comparatively low key but not dull. I kept expecting more of a comical chemistry between Jack and Shirley MacLaine but the film took more of a serious, true-life tone. Enjoyable watch.
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A fact based story about small town Texas, with the film interspersed with real to camera accounts from the townsfolk. A little bit of a departure for Jack Black, but just goes to prove his ability to diversify. What he does showcase is his great singing voice. While not a comedy, there are some comedic moments as well as proper heart felt moments.
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DVD arrived promptly, nicely packaged and great condition. Even though the actual story line ( a true one!) is very sad, Jack Black is brilliant ; a very enjoyable black comedy and acting throughout is superb.
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By Magneto88 on 28 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this film. The acting is brilliant, the (true) storyline is well written and you really feel for the characters. Well worth a watch!
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This movie is a must for Jack Black fans.
His performance is truly unique and outstanding.
He sings, dances and directs funerals.
But it's one funeral in particular, which is about to change his life forever and not necessarily for best.

Based on a true story, about an overbearing and bossy widow and a popular funeral director who is just too nice.
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By Amazon Junkie on 15 Feb. 2014
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A very different Jack Black and a different film - shot almost documentary style but with lots of dark and subtle humour. Worth watching.
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