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Watch: Trailer For Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black & Matthew McConaughey

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by The Playlist
February 29, 2012 9:29 PM
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A Renaissance man, a community leader, and a mortician who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy widow that leads to fatal consequences: this is the premise to Richard Linklater's latest, a black comedy called "Bernie." Starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and the great Shirley MacLaine, "Bernie" is Linklater's first feature-length effort since 2009's "Me & Orson Welles," and is a bit of a comeback as two projects ("Liars A-E," and a spiritual sequel to "Dazed & Confused"), both fell apart in the interim due to financial reasons.
 
Based on an article in Texas Monthly magazine by Skip Hollandsworth, who also co-wrote the comedic film with Linklater, the longer log-line of the film eludicates a little bit: a local mortician (Black) in a small-Texas town strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow (MacLaine) and when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive. That one can't be considered a spoiler, since it's been out there from day one. Long heralded as Linklater's attempt at doing a "Fargo"-esque comedy, in our review from last year's L.A. Film Festival, we described the film as a "slow burn of a crime thriller, but one that echoes the pace of small-town living while demonstrating how too many little things can build to a fever pitch that's too much to bear." Set for a April 27 release date, "Bernie" also screens at the upcoming 2012 SXSW Film Festival. Watch the trailer below.
 
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6 Comments

  • Glass | March 2, 2012 10:27 PMReply

    Whoa! The movie looks watchable, but is this a parody of bad 90s trailers? "ROB SCHNEIDER DERP DEE DERP! BUT HE'S ABOUT TO FIND OUT..."

  • Jon | March 1, 2012 1:24 AMReply

    looks like a better version of a Barry Levinson movie

  • Huffy | February 29, 2012 10:55 PMReply

    Wonder what made McConaughey remember that he could actually act? At first I dismissed Lincoln Lawyer as an abnormality between his usual "Be shirtless and smirk at Kate Hudson" roles, but between this, Killer Joe and Mud I think he's ready to become an actual actor again. Which is great.

  • dv | February 29, 2012 11:27 PM

    Agreed. Not to mention the Lee Daniels movie (whatever you think of him, he's more competent than, say, Breck Eisner or Andy Tennant), Soderbergh's Magic Mike, and Jean-Marc Vallee's The Dallas Buyer's Club (which is still "in development" and so may not happen.)

  • a | February 29, 2012 10:05 PMReply

    I can't wait to see this, but that's a horrible trailer.

  • jingmei | February 29, 2012 9:40 PMReply

    I like dark comedies. This is likely warm and dark, kinda look forward to it.

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