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Jack Black & Shirley MacLaine find love

27 March 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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Richard Linklater's Bernie is already shaping up to be a welcome addition to the canon of odd-couple black comedies that includes Harold And Maude, Planes, Trains And Automobiles and, to a lesser extent, Throw Momma From The Train.

The cranky 'momma' character here is a wealthy widow played by the great Shirley MacLaine. As the movie's new trailer demonstrates, she is definitely not channelling The Apartment's Fran Kubelik in this one.

Perhaps surprisingly, the movie is based on a real-life incident that was originally reported in Texas Monthly magazine. Black, who reunites with his old School Of Rock director, is Bernie, a man whose innate loveliness is tested to its very limits (and beyond) by Marjorie's incessant needling, carping and nagging.

The consequences leave Black with a massive windfall and curious D.A. Matthew McConaughey with some detective work to do.

Linklater fans have a double dose of the director to look forward to. Before Midnight, the concluding chapter of cinema's ultimate will-they/won't-they saga, arrives on our screens on June 21. Bernie, meanwhile, comes to a cinema near us on April 26.

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UK release?
Has this film shown in the UK at all? I just came back from the good ole US of A and this was playing on the plane. I'm not the greatest of fans of Jack Black pre High Fidelity but I have to say I was so touched by this film. I'm not even keen on McConaughey but when he's good he's bloody good as in this where he playes a county sheriff who's suspicious wih a capital S .. Really worthwhile little film with a true life story that knocks your heart strings and makes you bat for the "wrong More

Posted by Magenta at 17:12 on 16 June 2013 | Report This Post

Was Gene from Wreck It Ralph based on Blacks look in this film? Just a thought. :) More

Posted by Demonshead at 20:22 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

I got a US DVD of this because I didn't think it was coming out here. Harold and Maude it ain't (it's not really sweet, just oddball). Black regains some credibility here though! More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 17:00 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

Weird, this was out like a year ago here in the US... More

Posted by Madhava at 16:38 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

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