Surprises are memorable, whether they are happy ones or not. Richard Linklater’s Bernie
presents a story of murder so straightforward that there are no surprises whatsoever, but he does confound our expectations when it comes to the actors.
Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) is an effeminate assistant funeral director who is beloved in the small town of Carthage, Texas. He is a magnanimous man, forever buying people gifts even though he has almost no money himself, singing in the local church choir, and providing great comfort and emotional stability to the many elderly widows he meets during the course of his job. One day the wealthy and feared Marjorie Nugent ...