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Weekend at Bernies 1989 PG-13 CC

Two minor executives, fearing that they will be blamed when they discover the body of their boss on a weekend visit to his beach house, pretend that he is still alive.

Starring:
Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Ted Kotcheff
Starring Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman
Supporting actors Catherine Mary Stewart, Terry Kiser, Don Calfa, Catherine Parks, Eloise DeJoria, Gregory Salata, Louis Giambalvo, Ted Kotcheff, Margaret Hall, Timothy Perez, Mark Kenneth Smaltz, Anthony Mannino, Polly Segal, Robert L. Horen, Bruce Paul Barbour, Jason Woliner, Dan Cox, Steve Howard
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format: DVD
The cast is perfect and the sets, music, and all that went into this movie seem to meld to make a very funny movie. Andrew McCarthy as Larry Wilson and Jonathan Silverman as Richard Parker are a good match for co-workers at an insurance company. Larry the brown nosing party man and Richard the hard working nerd. When Richard discovers a two million dollar mistake in claims their boss Bernie invites them over for the weekend to discuss it. What happens after that is sick, demented, and funny. Any fan of "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag" and "The Whole Nine Yards" should enjoy it. This is one of those rare movies were seeing a dead person being lugged around, beat up, dropped, bareface ski, washed around in the tide, shot, strangled, and more is just plain outrageously funny.
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Boy, when I rented this movie, I had no idea whatsoever that it would be this funny.
When Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Johnathan Silverman) uncover an embezzlement scam at their office, they report it to their boss, Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser), expecting a promotion, not expecting that Bernie himself is the culprit. Bernie invites them to his beachhouse that weekend, planning to have them killed by a mafia hit man. But, the mafia bad guys have other plans, and they have him killed before Larry and Richard arrive. When they discover Bernie's dead, they at first want to tell the police, despite the fact that they may inadvertendly frame themselves. They soon decide to keep up the face the Bernie's still alive and kickin'.
Did I laugh? HELL YEAH!! WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S has got to be one of the funniest movies ever. It's hilarious to watch Larry and Richard desperately trying to make Bernie's corpse appear to still have a spark, like in the scene where they try to get on a boat with Bernie's body. How they make it appear that he's walking is hard to describe, and even harder not ot laugh at.
Another great scene, involving Bernie's girlfriend from NYC, who goes into a room where Bernie's body is waiting. She emerges from the room as a necropheiliac without even knowing Bernie was dead. This was somewhat overlooked by the critics, but it is worthy of positions held in the "greatest movies of all time list" by movies like VERTIGO or TITANIC, which aren't very good.
That's more than I can say for the sequel, WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S 2, but if you can laugh at things like a corpse jetskiing (so to speak), and I'm sure you can, than stop by BERNIE'S this WEEKEND. As I said above, it was the best WEEKEND of my life.
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A Kid's Review on February 22, 2003
Format: DVD
This movie is great.its so funny.I couldn't stop laughing.From the beginning of the movie to the end I was laughing.its funny because they are so stupid.Both of the boys are so funny and stupid in the movie.You will love this movie.
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I am giving this 5 stars not because it is an Oscar-worthy masterpiece - it's not. Not because it is the most clever and witty film ever - it's not. This movie gets better with time. Or maybe it just stays the same. I don't know. It is a FUN, silly and whacked out 80s movie. I love it.

I love the opposites-attract chemistry between Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman... I love the sub-plot with Silverman and the girl that he keeps trying to win over... and I love that Terry Kiser managed to keep that smirk on his face for the entire movie.

This movie was in NO way meant to be taken seriously and they knew that. It is so ridiculous, that if you even try to take it seriously on any level it'll ruin it for you. Just sit back with some friends and have a good laugh. This is an awesome summer movie.

I love so many 80s comedies as it is, so I'm biased... This one is still one of my favorites though due to it's sheer silliness.
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it's a corny buddy comedy movie but i don't care lol. jonathan silverman and andrew mccarthy are great as best friends trying to make it look like their dead boss is 'alive' to those around them lol. pretty unrealistic but still funny as can be. richie is very uptight and a constant worrier lol, and larry is very much the opposite and laid back as can be so the two of them are what make the movie (and the sequel) so funny. bernie as a corpse is simply the physical comedy bonus in each movie lol.
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Hilarious! It has been several weeks since my husband and I watched this movie, and we still bring up some of the funny situations from this movie and laugh about them. It is absurd and strange, but worth watching for the laughter alone!
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Love this movie. The movie's sound and video were excellent.
I wasn't aware of the sequel, but just HAD TO order it as well.
BOTH of these movies were QUITE entertaining... I don't think
I'd watch either of these with anyone that, recently, lost a loved
one.
The second one where Bernie has a real arrow through his head
was exceptionally disterbing to those of us prone to headaches.
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Format: VHS Tape
Richard (Jonathan Silverman) and Larry (Andrew McCarthy) are two working stiffs trying to get ahead in corporate world. While working overtime, they find evidence that someone has been defrauding the company, and they take their evidence to their boss Bernie Lomax (Terry Kaiser). Bernie is so impressed with them that he invites them to his weekend house on the coast. Yep, things are looking up for our heroes...or are they? It turns out that Bernie is the thief, and he arranges to have them killed! When the boys arrive at Bernie’s they find him dead, and soon find out about his plans for them. Fortunately, none of Bernie’s party-hardy friends seem to realize that he is dead. If the boys can keep up the pretext that Bernie is alive, they just might survive. Now, how do you keep anyone from finding out that your boss is actually dead? [Color, released in 1989, with a running time of 1:37.]

OK, no matter who writes the description, this movie is going to sound implausible to the point of silliness. Well...yeah, this is not a movie to be taken seriously. What it is is a hilarious farce, with Terry Kaiser doing a surprisingly funny imitation of a dead guy! The movie is generally clean with one off camera sex scene and one scene with a practically naked woman (Tawny – Elois DeJoria, Playboy Miss April 1988). But, that said, it’s a very funny movie that you can watch with your whole family. We love this movie and highly recommend it to you!
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