Thursday, December 5, 2013
Jul 20 - 23, 5:30 & 8:00
Independent director Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise) works again with a quite restrained Jack Black (School of Rock) and right-at-home Matt McConaughey (Dazed and Confused). This satisfyingly intriguing and enjoyably wacky East Texas-set comedy and vivid, offbeat character study is based on a true story. Bernie (Black) is a beloved resident of a small, rural town, the dedicated assistant mortician who teaches Sunday school and sings in the choir. When he befriends an affluent widow (Shirley MacLaine) no one is surprised, except that she is such a hated sourpuss that her family has disowned her. As their relationship grows, he becomes her traveling companion, financial manager and heir. McConaughey is the ambitious local DA who becomes involved as Bernie’s seemingly inexhaustible kindness gets stretched thin.