Watch: Bernie 2011 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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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All about Texas, via a stunning Jack Black performance
Don’t you hate it when you see a funny movie and think at the end, wow, that could have been so much funnier? This movie really is funny, and Jack Black is kind of brilliant at being this man who has incredible generosity and a quirky kind of social skill to be everyone’s favorite. And who ends up taking care of the richest woman in town, getting his name on her will, and so on, as you can guess.
To get the gags and to give a sense of documentary reality, clips of interviews with colorful townsfolk of all types are shown, and they are some of the funniest moments. When these same people are shown again and again there is a sense of welcome familiarity–an update on things from a known face–but also a sameness to the movie. It falls into a pattern. And it’s a major part of the movie, with thirty of these talking heads, so naturally the momentum of the main plot is slowed down often. As the events become more extreme, the movie does not. It plods along, relying on some great idiosyncratic acting and the weird (and exaggerated?) East Texas culture.
But Black inhabits his character so well it’s scary. The other big name (the biggest name) is Shirley MacLaine, who doesn’t actually have that much to do (most of the time she is silent, just ominous or dour). And she of course doesn’t make it through the whole film (the trailer and teaser give away too much on that score). The third name is Matthew McConaughey, and he’s predictably fun and funny, though he blends in with lots of other unknown characters who are also fun and funny.
So it’s the scenario, and some funny writing, that carries the day. Well done stuff. Director and writer Richard Linklater is a curious talent, a little all over the map but good at several things, including just being offbeat enough to seem like the Indie director he once was. His pair of movies “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset” are growing into unlikely classics (I like them both a lot) and yet he is also known for lesser comedies like “Dazed and Confused” and now this one.
Yeah, see this for some good laughs. The beginning will seem a little like a lame “Six Feet Under” episode, but stick with it. Black’s character is utterly convincing, and funny. A good time.
People Are Funny
There is always something different and interesting about Linklater’s Movies. Here he does not disappoint and Jack Black gives a completely full and endearing performance This is crafted like a crazy woman’s quilt and it fits snugly in the Black Comedy genre. The jewel in this crown is the fact that it is fact and this really happened pretty much as portrayed here.
The whole ensemble of professional Actors and real People are stellar and believable in this unbelievable real event. There is awe in watching the folks interviewed and everyone of Bernie’s supporters are jaw dropping in their “belief”, contrary to the facts, that this Man could not have done what he did because he was charming, went to Church, and was generous to a fault.
Therein lies the flaw in the reality of Human behavior and this Movie uncovers it with wit and subtlety. That is, without giving away tons of cash and flowering his friends with complements, badly needed attention, and charming, persuasive and masterful manipulation, these town folks would be at best indifferent to this oddball.
It is this unique combination of inconvenient truth, an unconventional Directorial slant, and an uncanny lead performance that makes this charming and pleasing, just like the real Bernie.
AFTERTHOUGHT: If they ever decide to make a Movie about Laurel and Hardy…Jack Black is a lock.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min), 1 hr 44 min (104 min) (USA)
Genre Biography, Comedy, Crime
Director Richard Linklater
Writer Skip Hollandsworth, Richard Linklater
Actors Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey
Country United States
Awards 10 wins & 19 nominations
Production Company N/A
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