BERNIE is Jack Black and Richard Linklater’s second collaboration following 2003’s School of Rock. In their reunion for this dark comedy Jack Black gives a Golden Globe nominated performance. In an amazing true story set in Carthage, Texas, Black plays soft-spoken Bernie Tiede, the small town’s beloved mortician who befriends its most unpopular citizen: wealthy, cantankerous widow Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine). Matthew McConaughey also stars, working with Linklater for the first time since Dazed and Confused, and has so far won Best Supporting Actor Awards from the National Society of Film Critics Awards USA and the New York Film Critics Circle for his role as District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson.
Nominated for Best Feature and Best Male Lead for Jack Black at the Independent Spirt Awards, BERNIE was the best reviewed comedy in the US in 2012, coming 1st in Rotten Tomatoes’ 14th Annual Golden Tomato Awards.
In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most popular residents. He taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently travelled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. She quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity, but Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. When the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie, she was not missed and Bernie continued to handle her affairs. So they were very shocked when it was finally reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and their beloved Bernie Tiede charged with her murder.