Lists: Comedy

Brief Synopsis: "In this true story in the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder."

Overall Ranking: 1007 (Rank from 2011: # 44)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 33.33%
Regular 60%
Half-Popped 6.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Sean Kelly90(full review)
Today I Watched A Movie90(full review)
Patrick Devitt90
Colin Carman85(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85Comedy: 6
Sex Appeal: 0
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 6
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread81(full review)Comedy: 5
Sex Appeal: 0
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 3
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Dan O'Neill75(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik75(full review)
Entertainment Blur Rob71(full review)
Committed to Celluloid Fernando Rafael70(full review)
David Baruffi70(full review)
Thomas Pollock70
Sober Film Critic James Brown70(full review)
Bryan Lienesch60 - It's a chuckle, not a full-fledged laugh.
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 2
Rewatch: 4

People Involved

  • Matthew McConaughey (Danny Buck Davidson)
  • Jack Black (Bernie Tiede)
  • Shirley MacLaine (Marjorie Nugent)
  • Tommy G. Kendrick (Larry Brumley)
  • Gary Teague (Neighborhood Onlooker)
  • Rick Dial (Don Leggett)
  • Mona Lee Fultz (Cashier)
  • Brady Coleman (Scrappy Holmes)
  • Dale Dudley (Jerry)
  • Grant James (Mr. Estes)
  • Veronica Orosco (Church Patron)
  • Christian Stokes (Truck Driver)
  • Richard Linklater (Director)