Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine are superbly funny in Richard Linklater’s Texan true-crime docu-comedy about a misanthropic widow (MacLaine) and the prim funeral director (Black) who becomes her inseparable companion.
But Linklater only ever shows the odd couple as others see them, never dramatising how they might behave or feel in private. As a result, Bernie is more of a magazine article than a fully realised film.
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