(This is a clip of a review first published on We Got This Covered)
It wouldn’t be a Richard Linklater film if you didn’t go in expecting one thing and come out with something totally different. “Bernie” adds another diverse note to the (predominantly) indie filmmaker’s eclectic resume, which includes his celebrated debut efforts “Slacker” and “Dazed & Confused,” the romance duo “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset” and mainstream efforts “The School of Rock” as well as the remake of “Bad News Bears.”
With “Bernie,” Linklater takes a page out of the Christopher Guest handbook by turning the true story of an effeminate East Texas mortician who befriends a bitter old wealthy widow into a staged documentary. It seems best to avoid the ever-enticing term “mockumentary” because the film doesn’t use the documentary style to depict fictional characters and events and its subjects are not the ones providing interviews, only outside voices.
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