Weekend at Bernie's

"OK"

Weekend at Bernie's Review


Two young insurance executives, Larry and Richard (Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman), discover that someone is stealing millions from their company. Excited about their discovery, they quickly report their findings to the head honcho, Bernie (Terry Kiser). Unfortunately for the executives, Bernie himself is the thief and cannot afford two nincompoops spoiling his riches. Thus, he invites them to spend the weekend at his summer home on an island, where he has also acquired a hit man to kill his two clueless employees.

Unfortunately for Bernie, there's a bigger price on his own head. Before the execs even arrive, somebody kills Bernie. Larry and Richard arrive at his mansion, discover the dead body, and panic. But a weekend party of tipsy bigwigs floats through before they can contact the police. Shockingly, nobody notices Bernie is dead. Richard then concocts a startling idea: "Why don't we just pretend he didn't die? Just for a bit!"

The two executives position Bernie on a couch and allow the countless guests to enjoy the festivity. The happiness ends, however, when Richard and Larry finally find out that someone still wants them dead.

Weekend at Bernie's doesn't really work, partly because it expects a single joke, that nobody realizes Bernie's dead, to carry the whole movie. Quite often that joke provokes good laughs, especially with a genuinely funny running gag involving a frustrated hit man who just can't seem to rid himself of Bernie. Then there's the hilarious situation that evolves when the two execs take Bernie's speedboat for a spin. Let's just say Bernie gets a little damp by the end of the boat ride.

It isn't the jokes that sink Weekend at Bernie's, but the exhausted, predictable love story that fills the space in between funny moments does. Every second of the sappy subplot feels contrived, to the point where the actors involved look uninterested in each other. Romance has no place in a zany, screwball comedy like Weekend at Bernie's; it only slows the movie down. But director Ted Kotcheff never catches on to these obvious hints. His pacing is so slack that he reminds us why they make fast forward buttons on remote controls.



Weekend at Bernie's

Facts and Figures

Run time: 97 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 5th July 1989

Box Office Worldwide: $30.2M

Budget: $6.5M

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Production compaines: 20th Century Fox, Gladden Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Fresh: 12 Rotten: 11

IMDB: 6.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Larry Wilson, as Richard Parker, as Gwen Saunders, as Bernie Lomax, as Paulie, Vito's Hit Man, Catherine Parks as Tina, Vito's Girl, Eloise DeJoria as Tawny

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.