Describe it in 25 words or less.
Pete: A true story surrounding funeral director Bernie Tiede and his relationship with Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, East Texas.
Brigette: The dramatization of the events surrounding the murder of Marjorie Nugent at the hand of Bernie Tiede.
Pete: Dramatization / Biographyy
Brigette: Based On A True Story/Drama/Black Comedy
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pete: Sonny Davis because he provided me with the most laughs.
Brigette: Sonny Davis because I loved his personality.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Pete: Marjorie because she was so mean.
Brigette: Danny Buck Davidson because he was more interested in getting re-elected than doing right by someone.
How was the casting?
Pete: Jack Black is my favorite actor, and he and Shirley MacLaine were fantastic in their roles. I also enjoyed how real townspeople were incorporated into the “acting”.
Brigette: I thought getting a lot of the cast from the area where the actual events took place was a stroke of genius.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Pete: It grabbed me immediately mostly because it stated it was a true story and also because it starred Jack Black.
Brigette: I’m always intrigued by based-on-true-stories films and this was probably the best one I’ve seen in a long time.
Pete: “I knew he was in trouble when I saw that jury. And Bernie is just going to have to get up there and explain himself to a bunch of San Augustine, cousin-countin’, red-necks over there. I mean they’ve got more tattoos than teeth and there ain’t a brain in the whole dozen of ’em. And they’re supposed to decide big things like this? I mean, shoot, I wouldn’t let ’em work on my car!” – Sonny Davis
Brigette: “Our Lord and Saviour wore sandals and he never married and he had twelve disciples. And I don’t thing any of them ever married. And the apostle Paul was a life-long bachelor and you never heard anybody in the New Testament say that they was a bunch of queers.” – Kay Epperson
How was the soundtrack?
Brigette: The soundtrack really suited the film and showcased Jack Black’s singing abilities. Preview it here.
How does the film compare to the real events?
Brigette: I’ve done a bit of research on this and it seems that it is pretty close to what actually happened. I think this is mostly due to how involved director Richard Linklater got in the whole case. He even pushed for the real Bernie Tiede’s release and when he was release in May this year, Linklater took him in until he gets back on his feet.
Have you watched other films by the same director/actor?
Pete: Director, Richard Linklater is responsible for the Before Sunrise series of films, Dazed and Confused, and School of Rock, all of which I thought were great films.
Brigette: I am a huge Jack Black fan. This was not your usual Jack Black film, but I really enjoyed his performance. I’ve seen a lot of Richard Linklater’s work as well and usually quite enjoy it.
How was the ending?
Pete: Enjoyable in the fact that people will believe what ever they want to believe despite any facts.
Brigette: Although it was rather sad, I still got a sense of hope.
What was the moral of the story?
Pete: Be weary of anyone who is too nice.
Brigette: There were many as this was a very emotionally complex film.
Did you learn anything?
Pete: A fair bit about the Bernie Tiede and Marjorie Nugent.
Brigette: A bit about the funeral business.
Who would you recommend it to?
Pete: Anyone interested in true crime.
Brigette: People who want something different.
Beer Pairing: (Pete’s specialty) As featured in the film: Pabst’s Lone Star
Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Marjorie Nugent’s living room
What would someone have to do to make you snap?