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Bernie

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. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 99
Theater Release: 27 Apr 2012
Video Release: 21 Aug 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Bernie Tiede amazing crime has sparked great curiosity, including a newspaper article published in the UK’s Daily Mail.

How do you feel about the telling of this story? Is the use of comedy disrespectful to the deceased? Why do we sometimes find humor in very serious situations? Does the construction of the script sway your opinion about the guilt of the accused?

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About the Reviewer: Donna Gustafson

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