Bernie – ***1/2

Posted: December 19, 2012 in 2011, Comedy, USA, XXX1/2

A strong contender for best actor in a comedy at the Golden Globes 2013 is Jack Black, who delivers my absolute favorite performance of the year in Bernie, a movie that I had never heard of until it showed up as iTunes rental of the week and in the Golden Globes nominations last week.

This is such a gem! Almost everything is right in this movie. The humor is both subtle and sarcastic. The acting is perfect. Even Matthew McConaughey is good! The script is great. The dialogue is funny. Some quotes are hilarious! The story is absurd, but makes sense. There’s a thriller element as well, which leaves you in suspense until the end. And when the end credits roll, you’ll think: No Fucking Way! That is, if you really don’t read anything about the movie in other reviews. And Don’t Watch The Trailer!

All you need to know is that Bernie is a very caring, pious, friendly, helpful, positive assistant funeral director whose tolerance is tested when he starts taking care of a mean, unpopular, but wealthy old widow. There you go. Just watch. You’ll either stop after a few minutes or you’ll be in for a great treat!





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