Anyway, I lucked out and rented the film Bernie, and I'm here to tell you that if you haven't seen Bernie, go rent it and watch the entire thing - and do not skip the credits. The credits are the best part. Keep reading for the links and lowdown, without spoilers.
Bernie is half documentary, half 'based on true events' comedy. Here are a couple links and the official synopsis:
Rotten Tomatoes - Bernie
IMDB - Bernie
In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.
Which is sort of true and sort of not. Yes, those things happen but it's a lot like saying the film Titanic is about a shipwreck. There is a whole lot more to the film than that. What makes the film hilariously funny and interesting is this:
Real residents of Carthage, Texas who knew the real Bernie Tiede and Marjorie Nugent appear in the film providing commentary on the events.
These people are great, and I'd really like to drive out to Carthage, Texas just to meet a few of them. They knew Bernie and Marjorie and they speak honestly and freely about both people on camera. This is great stuff.
The owners of the Hawthorn Funeral Home in Carthage, Texas, where Bernie Tiede met Marjorie Nugent, refused to allow the film to use the name of the funeral home.The owner of the funeral home also stated that when he hired Bernie, his business was already on the rise, but due to Bernie's suggestions and popularity around town his profit margin saw a substantial increase.
I'd recommend this film to anyone who needs a little cheering up or a good laugh. You won't be sorry you rented it.