In Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede is one of the town's most beloved residents. He sings in the church choir and is always willing to lend a helping hand. He befriends an affluent widow, and she soon becomes dependent on Bernie. Later it is reported that Marjorie Nugent has been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede is charged with the murder.
Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) to Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine): "Marjorie, please. I can understand chewing each bite of some food 25 times like chicken fried steak, but I don't think you have to chew your refried beans that many times." -- from Bernie (2012) directed by Richard Linklater