DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede is one of the town's most beloved residents. He sings in the church choir and is always willing to lend a helping hand. He befriends an affluent widow, and she soon becomes dependent on Bernie. Later it is reported that Marjorie Nugent has been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede is charged with the murder.

Publisher: [United States] : Millennium Entertainment, [2012]
ISBN: 9781616661298
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 20, 2015
  • 0cho rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I had no idea what to expect from this movie and was pleasantly surprised. It’s a bit of documentary\movie and it’s based on a true story. Pretty crazy entertaining movie!

Mar 17, 2015
  • michaelbrouillette rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not the best or worst movie I've ever seen. Passed the time but not much else. Everyone seems to love this but I thought it was a bit boring until the end.

Mar 08, 2015
  • books4jewel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this film. Jack Black's performance is exceptional! As crazy as this true story is, I recommend that AFTER watching the film, look up Bernie Tiede on the internet and see the update to this true story (news articles from 2014). More happened in 2014!!!! It is an even more bizarre true story! Unbelievable indeed!

Jan 12, 2015

Always nice to be pleasantly surprised; Thoroughly enjoyed this film. Great role for Jack Black; one scene in particular, where he loses it, blew me away.

Dec 27, 2014
  • jeffi22 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Surprisingly good, definitely a more nuanced performance by Black and awesome townspeople. DVD has some of their auditions - hilarious!
It is based on a true story, and you can Google/Wikipedia for the details. One of the interesting issues is that some of the townspeople did not want the movie - for one they thought it would make them look stupide (I don't think it did that - small town/gossipy yes, but not stupid). Also some felt it would make light of the murder.

Jul 08, 2014

OMG! I LOVED this movie! Jack Black is great, but it's the actual people who lived the experience (NOT Actors-real town people) who steal the show! Their "southern" descriptions of various accounts is side-splitting hilarious!

Jack is great, Shirley is "Ok" (-she plays the mean old rich town lady that everybody hates), and Matthew McConnehay is OK. But you watch this film for the brilliance of Jack Black (he sings, dances, very well might I add); and plays "up" the "slightly-effeminate nature of this character to perfection.

I picked this up thinking Id maybe get thru the 1st 1/2 hr & turn it off! But shockingly laughed so hard thru it all! I'd definitely watch again!


Mar 01, 2014
  • kayliemarie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed Jack Black's character as well as the story. I was pleased to see how they handled the "true story" and that real people from the town were used in the movie.

Feb 26, 2014
  • LindaHolland rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite a change of pace for Jack Black. He's a very quirky but well-loved member of a small community in Texas. His desire to help people gets him in trouble when he befriends an older widow (Shirley McLaine) who eventually dominates and controls him till he breaks. Matthew McConahey is the small town lawyer who thinks he's better than he is ... quite a different role for him as well.
That this is based on a true story makes it all the more enjoyable.
I really liked this film!

Feb 05, 2014
  • AladarNyc rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this movie. The fact that it's based on a true story made it even better. I have new respect for Jack Black. I will visit Texas one day....these people seem so real...I liked them!

Jan 19, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Based on actual and strange events, this story could have been told in a number of ways. I think that the writer(s)/director(s) got it just right.

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