Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Bernie

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Bernie

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BERNIE

Directed by Richard Linklater (Millennium, 2012)

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At the end of Annie Hall Woody Allen tells a joke about a guy whose brother thinks he is a chicken, but the fellow doesn't want his sibling hospitalized because he needs the eggs. Allen, who believes that need, not love, is the glue of most relationships, would enjoy Richard Linklater's darkly comic true crime story of loneliness and murder in a tiny East Texas town.

Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) is an impossibly sweet assistant undertaker with an insatiable need to please customers, mourners, townsfolk, and the small legion of "little old ladies" filling the pews and hairdressers' chairs of Carthage, Texas. Smoothing out every wrinkle of the funeral and graveside service, Bernie beautifies the deceased with exacting care, attends to the bereaved like an adoring son, and provides follow up that has nearly every widow in Carthage eating out of the palms of his perfectly manicured hands. …

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