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Weekend at Bernie's
Weekend at Bernie's
Actors: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Terry Kiser, Don Calfa
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
PG-13     2001     1hr 37min

Weekend at Bernie's starts when two lowly clerks at an insurance agency uncover a $2 million fraud and report it to their boss, Bernie (Terry Kiser). Unfortunately for them, Bernie is the one behind the fraud, and he invit...  more »

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Actors: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Terry Kiser, Don Calfa
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Creators: François Protat, Bruce McNall, Courtney Silberberg, Malcolm R. Harding, Robert Klane, Victor Drai
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/14/2001
Original Release Date: 07/05/1989
Theatrical Release Date: 07/05/1989
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 5
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE
Reviewed on 7/26/2014...
This has always been a great classic! I didn't realize how funny it was because when i watched it I was a kid and didn't pick a few things up. but watching it now I laughed until I cried. :)
Elizabeth S. from MULKEYTOWN, IL
Reviewed on 3/18/2011...
Excellent movie!! Hilarious, even though the newer ones have parts cut out that the older ones had when it 1st came out.
Carole E. from SAN JOSE, CA
Reviewed on 10/30/2009...
We thought it was a good movie. Not always easy to find one that makes you laugh, and we did with this one!
Jennifer F. (KnJFisher) from GILLETT, PA
Reviewed on 12/14/2008...
Weekend At Bernie’s is a breezy dark comedy that revolves around one big hook: a corpse most people don’t realize is dead. Deep, yes. The corpse in question is Bernie, an insurance company bigwig who steals from the till, tries to have two employees killed when they discover it, but ends up murdered himself by the mob for his carelessness. This all goes down on a vacation resort island, where everyone is mostly drunk or in the throes of partying, and thus don’t notice that Bernie’s not… performing as usual.

The unwitting employees are Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman), who are invited out to the island by Bernie as "houseguests." Movie comedy law states that if two guys are buddies, then one of them must be very pris and stuck-up (Richard) and one a free-wheeling self-centered ego-maniac (Larry). After their discovery of Bernie’s demise, they choose to not call the police for a variety of reasons, but mostly this — the longer Bernie stays alive, the longer their vacation lives on.

This is a flick that most people see once, if not multiple times, in their lives, yet don’t have much of an opinion about it other than noting the oddity of a party-happy dead guy. It’s dumb and not really as funny as you may remember, but serious criticism is deflected by the whacked-out premise. How can you seriously denounce a movie like this for not having a deeper plot or better acting? You can’t. Just shrug, accept the slapstick and pratfalls and double-takes, and try not to choke when you see what people actually thought was hip to wear back then.

I am in the mood to watch campy movies from the 80's lately and this one definately fits the bill..Enjoy!

Movie Reviews

You ask why I gave this movie 5 stars?
Victoria A. Wildermuth | Odessa, TX USA | 01/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I gave this film 5 stars because it is one of those rare movies that made me laugh out loud! This is a very dark comedy about 2 idiots who find their boss dead and convince hundreds of gullible people that he is actually alive. They walk him around a resort, go boating with his remains, have parties. They even convince the hitman who killed Bernie that he's still alive! So, you guessed it, the hitman tries and tries again to "kill" Bernie. The physical humor is absolutely the best. It's a unique concept. I guarantee that you will laugh until you hurt. It's totally 80's with a great theme song sung by Jermaine Stewart. Highly recommended."
Dark Comedy, Light Fun
C. A. Luster | Burke, VA USA | 06/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Weekend at bernies
Karen Darke | London, United Kingdom | 11/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great film to make you laugh. Just old fashioned humor, I laughed from start to finish. The corps [bernie] is great and the two guys on holiday for the weekend have unfortunatley fallen into a difficult situation and try hard to get out of it, with many histerical idea's. Certainly a film to cheer you up on a cold dark evening, my sides ached after watching it."