Bernie is about a man (Bernie, DUH) who is very popular with the locals in a small town. In an attempt to be everyone’s friend, Bernie spends time with a local widow who is very wealthy, but also a bit of a beeyotch. Then he kills her.
Yeah. Didn’t see THAT coming did you? So after Bernie kills the widow, he tries to make it look like she’s still alive. No one in the town would believe that Bernie is a killer, so it works for a time.
I have to assume they called the film Bernie because it’s a ripoff of Weekend at Bernie’s, but maybe not. OOOOOO!!! They should have cast Jonathan Silverman!
Bernie was written and directed by Richard Linklater, and co-written by Skip Hollandsworth. Yep. SKIP. His name is Skip.
Skip doesn’t have much experience, but Linklater has been around a while. He directed Me and Orson Welles and A Scanner Darkly. Odd mix of films actually.
Bernie Release Date
April 27, 2012.
Who’s In It?
Matthew McConaughey … Danny Buck Davidson
Jack Black … Bernie
Veronica Orosco … Church Patron
Tommy G. Kendrick … Larry Brumley
Rick Dial … Don Leggett
Gary Teague … Neighborhood Onlooker
Mona Lee Fultz … Cashier
Grant James … Mr. Estes
Sonny Carl Davis … Lonnie
Wendy Crouse … Prison Visitor
David Blackwell … Mel
Brady Coleman … Scrappy Holmes
Juli Erickson … Mrs. Estes
Dale Dudley … Jerry
Larry Jack Dotson … Reverend Woodard
Christian Stokes … Truck Driver
Richard Robichaux … Lloyd Hornbuckler
Richard Jones … Professor Fleming
Kevin Machate … Federal Agent
Jerry Biggs … The Judge
Gabriel Luna … Kevin
Wray Crawford … Sheriff’s Deputy #2
Amparo García … Lenora
James Leonardo Mayberry … Church goer
Robert H. Lambert … Courtroom Witness
Martha Long … Church Woman #2
Margaret Hoard … Waitress
What’s Good About It?
Well, it has Shirley MacLaine, so I’ll probably have a tough time hearing the dialogue over the sound of my boner. Also, Matthew McConaughey? Weird.
What’s Bad About It?
Jack Black’s hilarious facial expressions, and his funny mustache.
Note that these two things are put under ‘What’s BAD about it.?’
Our Clever Prediction
Fail. Bernie will suck ass. I don’t think it’ll make much money, and while the production budget is supposed to be pretty low (only about $6 million) I still don’t think it’ll be successful.