Bernie parents guide


Overall B-

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.

Violence C
Sexual Content B
Profanity C-
Substance Use B-

Why is Bernie rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Bernie PG-13 for some violent images and brief strong language.

Run Time: 99 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is Bernie rated PG-13? Bernie is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some violent images and brief strong language.

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 Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language, Violence
Alberta PG Coarse Language.
Manitoba PG Not Recommeded for Young Children.
Ontario PG Language May Offend.
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "Bernie"

Cast and Crew

Bernie is directed by Richard Linklater and stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Bernie movie is August 20, 2012. Here are some details…

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

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The movie Bernie is written in a mockumentary format, as are the equally sarcastic films A Mighty Wind and The Truman Show.