Had I rated this after the first viewing, would've been 5 stars with exclamation points!!! Not so much after the second viewing, after I'd looked up more information on the actual story, although there were still some great scenes and enjoyable performances. I'd put my final rating above 3/below 4, but I rounded up to be fair to the players (regardless of my views on crime and the so-called legal system). I assume the reader knows the story, so there are probably some spoilers to follow. I was looking for a good comedy and thought this fit the bill, I was literally laughing out loud the first time around and loving MM's performance - BUT I didn't realize this was actually a true story. I know, I know, it says that right at the beginning, but I really thought that was part of the movie - fit in with the 'documentary' theme and pretty sure this was listed under comedy or had reviews indicating it was funny. Still some funny parts, though, and still loved MM's performance but definitely had a different viewpoint while watching after knowing the story. Seemed much slower the second time around. Still not sure how a first degree murder conviction was obtained, twice. (Second trial due in no small part to this movie.) Maybe there's something in the written confession (which was allegedly coerced) - ? Also not sure how 'family' convinced anyone they cared about someone with whom they never visited or even spoke, but money is clearly a big motivator. Whether the woman was mean or ornery or nice or gracious, she had a right to her money. If she wanted to spend lavishly on someone, that's her choice. If she didn't want her 'family' to have her funds, also her choice. It seems the victim was murdered and then aggrieved further in death, in more ways than one. As far as movies go, this one was pretty good, but I think they could've added some more factual information from the trial. Was this supposed to be a statement on the so-called justice system or just a TX story? (So did anyone else notice that MM does not look at his Mom in the scene they did together???) Lastly, for those who seem surprised by Black's performance, they've probably not seen many of Black's performances. This is right up his alley.