Friday, May 4, 2012
This is a really clever, funny, quirky comedy! I imagine if you're from Texas, it would be even funnier. Jack Black (always good) is at his very best as the small town's beloved Funeral Director. Not only is he expert at the embalming, but his open-hearted caring and offering condolences to the bereaved has endeared him to everyone. Shirley MacClaine, recently widowed, plays the town's richest, meanest, most disliked person, yet Jack Black attempts to befriend her, and persists, even though his first condolence call (with flowers) is rebuffed, he persists, and soon he becomes her friend (the only one) and escort - including trips around the world. She hires him full time, and he answers to her beck and call. I don't want to tell you the end. Just go see "Bernie" if you want to enjoy a perfectly made film.