• 2011
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Richard Linklater
  • Written by: Skip Hollandsworth, Richard Linklater
  • Cast: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey
  • UK release: 26 April 2013

Based on a real-life 1996 murder in Texas. When violence mars the friendship of popular mortician Bernie Tiede (Black) and mean-tempered widow Marjorie Nugent (MacLaine), the neighbours' sympathies aren't with the victim. Black and MacLaine are well-cast but underused, and the faux-documentary style robs the film of immediacy.

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18 Apr 20133 stars

Jack Black and Shirley Maclaine star in this nicely-mounted but ultimately oddly bloodless comedy

We’re all familiar with the clear-cut outrage that follows a heinous crime perpetrated by a dark, twisted monster against a dewy innocent – but what if it’s the other way round? What if someone hugely popular does something terrible to someone widely…

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