In Movie Theaters April 27, 2012The About face: Good news first. Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine is back on the big screen. Bad new, in a movie that will be in the Wal-Mart discount DVD bin about a month after its theatrical release.
The Wild side: In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow (Shirley MacLaine) who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune.
Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie.
The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.
The Movie facts: Another movie with A-list actors and director failing to land an A-list movie studio.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine
Director: Richard Linklater
Movie Studio: Millenium Films
Rating: PG-13 (For adult situations, violence, language)