YMMV / Bernie

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Did Bernie kill that woman out of sheer desperation of her dominating him and spreading her money around out of the goodness of his heart, or did he kill her in cold blood for her money and was so generous with her money to further ingratiate himself to the local population, and thus the local jury pool if and when he was caught? The fact that he didn't spend the money on himself supports this interpretation.
    • Also, he could have been trying to overcompensate because of his guilty conscience.
    • That Bernie is playing con man Harold Hill in the theater's production of The Music Man is maybe the film's best acknowledgement that Bernie could be pulling the wool over Carthage's eyes.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: That guy in the green shirt in the diner. The one who explains that Texas is really five states (then proceeds to list seven of them) and who says of the people of San Augustine, "I wouldn't let those people work on my car."
  • Fridge Brilliance: If you know the plot of the musical it's maybe a bit too perfect that Bernie and his theater group are putting on a production of The Music Man.
  • He Really Can Act: Jack Black as Bernie Tiede certainly turned a lot of critics' heads. While it's in the same wheelhouse of Black's usual Large Ham goofiness, Bernie is a noticeably darker and more controlled portrayal.
  • Moral Event Horizon: It appears the final straw for Bernie was when Marjorie verbally abused him for defending the African American gardener she just fired apparently on a purely racist assumption and then physically prevented Bernie from leaving by closing the property gates on him. Then she makes him shoot a harmless armadillo!