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(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
"In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, Texas, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bermie, 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 ... The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was charged with the murder"--Container.


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Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey

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Always nice to be pleasantly surprised; Thoroughly enjoyed this film. Great role for Jack Black; one scene in particular, where he loses it, blew me away.

Dec 27, 2014
  • jeffi22 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Surprisingly good, definitely a more nuanced performance by Black and awesome townspeople. DVD has some of their auditions - hilarious!
It is based on a true story, and you can Google/Wikipedia for the details. One of the interesting issues is that some of the townspeople did not want the movie - for one they thought it would make them look stupide (I don't think it did that - small town/gossipy yes, but not stupid). Also some felt it would make light of the murder.

OMG! I LOVED this movie! Jack Black is great, but it's the actual people who lived the experience (NOT Actors-real town people) who steal the show! Their "southern" descriptions of various accounts is side-splitting hilarious!

Jack is great, Shirley is "Ok" (-she plays the mean old rich town lady that everybody hates), and Matthew McConnehay is OK. But you watch this film for the brilliance of Jack Black (he sings, dances, very well might I add); and plays "up" the "slightly-effeminate nature of this character to perfection.

I picked this up thinking Id maybe get thru the 1st 1/2 hr & turn it off! But shockingly laughed so hard thru it all! I'd definitely watch again!


Mar 01, 2014
  • kayliemarie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed Jack Black's character as well as the story. I was pleased to see how they handled the "true story" and that real people from the town were used in the movie.

Feb 26, 2014
  • LindaHolland rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite a change of pace for Jack Black. He's a very quirky but well-loved member of a small community in Texas. His desire to help people gets him in trouble when he befriends an older widow (Shirley McLaine) who eventually dominates and controls him till he breaks. Matthew McConahey is the small town lawyer who thinks he's better than he is ... quite a different role for him as well.
That this is based on a true story makes it all the more enjoyable.
I really liked this film!

Feb 05, 2014
  • AladarNyc rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this movie. The fact that it's based on a true story made it even better. I have new respect for Jack Black. I will visit Texas one day....these people seem so real...I liked them!

Jan 19, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Based on actual and strange events, this story could have been told in a number of ways. I think that the writer(s)/director(s) got it just right.

Dec 24, 2013
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed Jack Black in this conservative role as an undertaker who caters to the older widows in his community. Very polite and thoughtful gentleman. Then along comes Shirley McLaine as an ascerbic widow (surprise). Based on a true story, it is well worth watching Jack Black in this role.

Dec 05, 2013
  • Diane Nipshank rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It has to be one of the most unusual movies. Certainly not your average hollywood stuff.

Aug 12, 2013
  • VahiniG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've watched this film more than once. Incredibly under-rated.... this film is funny and unique. Jack Black has such a beautiful voice!

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