I’m currently setting up my crazy movie-going schedule for South by Southwest (which begins on March 9) and Richard Linklater‘s Bernie starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey is at the top o’ my list!
The movie opens in theaters on April 27, but will screen out SXSW — I’ll keep you posted about my brilliant opinions about the movie. Until then, check out the trailer which hit the Interwebs yesterday:
In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.