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5.0 out of 5 stars HE ONLY SHOT HER FOUR TIMES, NOT FIVE,
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars For the dearly departed...
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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5.0 out of 5 stars HE ONLY SHOT HER FOUR TIMES, NOT FIVE,, 6 Jun 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkish and fun, but not brilliant, 5 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Bernie [DVD] [2011] (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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3.0 out of 5 stars For the dearly departed..., 8 Jun 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must for Jack Black fans!, 14 May 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 28 Mar 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars How to review a dvd without ruining it .., 25 Mar 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack is back!!!, 7 Dec 2013
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This is so funny and from true events! Jack Black is playing a part made for him...great acting with music and his devilish smile! A film you may not of heard of but will soon become a cult classic! Shirley Mclaine is the icing on the cake.

Buy it now!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alright!, 24 Oct 2013
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The types portrayed are not quite my cup of tea, but the film is engaging and quirky- another little Linlater gem. And for those to whom this may be an issue, Jack Black is kept well under control, going to town in the name part- didn't know he had it in him ( and he has a singing voice, too) Really caught me by surprise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Black's best work., 29 Aug 2014
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Amazing character acting from Jack Black here. I can see why he goes for the big pay-day with the likes of Gullivers Travels, but there really is a lot to this guy as an actor. A funny and tragic tale of a kind but lonely man.
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