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Bernie

Bernie (2011)
Bernie poster Rating: 6.8/10 (43,682 votes)
Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Skip Hollandsworth (based on the article in Texas Monthly by), Richard Linklater (screenplay), Skip Hollandsworth (screenplay)
Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman
Runtime: 104 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Released: 22 Jun 2012
Plot: In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.
Bernie is one of those films that reminds you that Richard Linklater is, indeed, an experimental filmmaker but not one who feels that such tendencies should block him from popular storytelling and flirtations with genre. The film stars Jack Black as the titular Texas funeral home worker, who started a close relationship with a bitter widow, Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine, in a career high), and eventually shot her dead one afternoon for little apparent reason outside of frustration. Linklater tells that story with phenomenal geographical and personal detail, and the film is cut to at once be thrillingly rhythmic and unpredictable yet concise. The masterstroke is his inclusion of talking heads of Bernie and Marjorie’s neighbors, associates, and friends, ones that give a full sense of perspective of what this relationship was like to live around and talk about outside of Linklater’s own supposition. This gives the film a vast landscape of nuances from memory and imagination equally, and Linklater doesn’t funnel any of these details into an overtly pre-conceived message or political idea. As a result, Bernie comes off as at once wildly inventive and vaguely familiar, a work that could work as a TNT movie of the week and be screened at the local arthouse without a single hesitation. – Chris Cabin
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