Directed by: Richard Linklater
Plot: Bernie, lovable and charismatic small town mortician, a pillar of the community, befriends the town’s richest widow, known for her outright nasty character. Her increasingly possessive treatment of him results in murder. The trial ensues, and the townsfolk root for Bernie’s acquittal.
Pros: Jack Black is gayer than laughter, without overdoing it. The gallery of small-town characters is hilarious, especially considering that some of them are not performers, but God fearing citizens of Carthage, Texas.
Pros: We found it inspiring. Next time we go to visit grandma, we will lock the armadillo gun and throw away the key.