Here's the trailer for Bernie, a dark comedy that re-teams Dazed and Confused and School of Rock director Richard Linklater with Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey. The film is based on the true story of Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiede, a gay former mortician who became constant companion to a wealthy, 81-year-old widow, and then murdered her with a rifle--a meant-to-be-wacky concept Linklater seems to grant levity only through kooky music and the sheer will of McConaughey's glasses, accent, and occasionally-backwards tie.
Sorry, Richard Linklater, but I could tell the execution was sort of dull as soon as it made me think, "Didn't Drowning Mona do this better?" I, like everyone besides maybe Bette Midler, have not remembered Drowning Mona's existence for at least a decade, and now I'm using it as a point of comparison? That is not a good sign.