Richard Linklater‘s latest film, Bernie, features Jack Black as a mustachioed mortician who all the townsfolk admire. His character is a people person, which is probably why he tries to make nice with the snarly widow played by Shirley MacLaine. A romance blossoms, but there’s still plenty of dirt in the woman’s heart, and from the looks of the new trailer, she doesn’t get to see the end credits. And apparently Matthew McConaughey plays a lawyer convinced dear old Bernie is a killer.

Jack Black ratcheting it down a notch? Maybe without even scatting? MacLaine essentially reprising her Guarding Tess role? McConaughey with a shirt on?

Looks great:

The generic, buzz-worded voice over does not at all match the tone of the movie, but that’s the marketing game. The “True Story” angle here is interesting because they’re being bold about it even though it’s pretty obviously fictional. Still, the documentary talking heads giving their neighborly input seem like one of the best parts about it.

Would you go see it?


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