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Bernie (Jack Black) is a young Assistant Funeral Director who befriends a cranky old widow (Shirley MacLaine). When their relationship turns sour, so does the comedy in this script based on a true story.
Why Is Bernie Rated PG-13?
Bernie is rated PG-13 for some violent images and brief strong language.
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Violence: A scene details the cosmetic preparation of a body for a funeral. A character attempts to shoot a pesky animal. A man shoots a woman (the weapon is seen but not the impact). Later the victim’s dead body is shown (no blood or details are depicted). Characters discuss a body that has been frozen, and pictures of the corpse are shown in court. A mock car accident intended to keep students from drinking and driving includes very graphic bloody injuries.
Sexual Content: Characters debate about the gender preference of a man, as well as speculate about his relationship with an older woman. Mild sexual references are heard. Handholding and other forms of affection are seen.
Language: Frequent use of moderate profanities, mild cursing and scatological slang. One strong sexual expletive is heard. Infrequent ethno-cultural slurs.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Infrequent portrayals of alcohol use and smoking. Medical prescriptions are mentioned.
Other: Frequent portrays of Christian worship services and gospel music singing, sometimes in a sarcastically negative light.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Home Video Notes: Bernie
Release Date: 21 August 2012
Bernie releases ton Blu-ray with the following extras:
- True Story to Film behind-the-scenes featurette
- The Gossips featurette on Carthage’s real-life townspeople
- Special performance of “Amazing Grace” by Jack Black