#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – We meet Bernie Tiede (1958- ), a chubby undertaker, who takes pride in his work. He’s a Gospel-singing tenor. In a series of interviews with townspeople, mixed with flashbacks, we follow Bernie: he arrives in Carthage, Texas (pop. 7,000), where old ladies adore him; he befriends a wealthy, mean-spirited widow named Marjorie Nugent; they become companions in both daily routines and expensive vacations. Among those interviewed, only her stockbroker and Danny Buck, the local district attorney, are unsympathetic toward the sunny, sometimes saccharine Bernie. Marjorie changes from sour and alone to happy with Bernie; then she gets possessive. What will sweet Bernie do?
Plot: In small-town Texas, affable and popular mortician Bernie Tiede strikes up a friendship with Marjorie Nugent, a wealthy widow well known for her sour attitude. When she becomes controlling and abusive, Bernie goes to great lengths to remove himself from her grasp.
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Linklater knows Texas
This was a surprisingly good movie. Director Richard Linklater blends semi-documentary style with dark comedy and tragic real-life events in an exceptional way. Based on the murder of a wealthy widow in Carthage Texas in 1996. This movie gives you an interesting glimpse into small town life and how the people there dealt with this unique situation. Jack Black proves he can act, Matthew McConaughy looked to be enjoying himself, and Shirley MacLaine, while not having much to do, is still a welcome addition to the cast. Linklater even uses real townsfolk to help narrate the story through their own recollections of the events. This is one of those independent films that is a must see.
A strange art-house film despite mainline stars – takes FOREVER to get going.
I wound up appreciating BERNIE more than enjoying it, but the appreciation was real. If you can stand the molasses-like pacing and the mix of professional and amateur thespians, this is a change of pace which many will find enormously refreshing – especially for Black’s understated performance and McConaughey’s variation on Ted Danson’s against-type prosecutor all those pre-CHEERS years ago in BODY HEAT.
Jack Black, the true lead, gives a truly remarkable restrained performance based on an actual assistant funeral director, justly beloved in his town. The classic film THE LOVED ONE does it even better, but the first third of the film is a wonderful primer on “the American way of death” that “Bernie” apparently was a master manipulator of. Had the film gone in that direction as satirical fiction rather than satirical non-fiction it might have had better box-office prospects, but Bernie finds himself in an impossible situation and when the film is more than half OVER – although this is what the film is supposedly ABOUT – he has a remarkably non-scenery chewing psychotic break (interestingly done by the director so that the audience isn’t really sure at first whether he has or NOT!). The entire film is really a tour-de-force for Black (who knew that he could SING this well!?) and a “brief for the defense” in the controversial case the man became involved in.
It would have been more reasonable for Black’s name to be the only one above the title, but he is joined there by Shirley MacLaine giving a performance which will remind many of her role in STEEL MAGNOLIAS (only ten years later) and Matthew McConaughey as a slimy prosecutor (best scene in the picture: when he realizes that NO ONE in his town supports him). Second best: the delightful (and accurate) breakdown map, from a Texas perspective, of the different cultural parts of their state.
The picture NAILS everything in the South-South West that makes me glad I live in the North East, but having LIVED there, I suspect the natives will view it as an affectionate self portrait. In many ways it is.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min), 1 hr 44 min (104 min) (USA)
Genre Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director Richard Linklater
Writer Skip Hollandsworth (based on the article in Texas Monthly by), Richard Linklater (screenplay), Skip Hollandsworth (screenplay)
Actors Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman
Awards Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 18 nominations.
Production Company Mandalay Vision, Wind Dancer Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa, Cooke S4 Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format DCP, Digital
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format N/A