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Weekend at Bernie's (1989)

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When two bumbling businessmen, Larry Wilson (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard Parker (Jonathan Silverman), alert their boss, Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser), to an expensive discrepancy in the company books, he invites them to his home on the beach with the intent to have them murdered. However when they discover that their boss has been murdered prior to their arrival, they attempt to convince people that he is still alive to avoid suspicion for his death, leading to all kinds of wacky mishaps. ~ Iotis

PG-13,

Comedy

Dec 15, 1999

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (11) | DVD (8)

A silly uninspired juvenile one-joke film.

July 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Couldn't even drag a smile out of me. Chalk it up to either old age or the calcification of taste. Or just blame it on Silverman and McCarthy, who found their careers rightfully torn to shreds soon after the release of the film.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Comments (2)
BrianOrndorf.com

There are a few jokes that hit home quite successfully, but at 98 minutes, you'll probably be looking forward to this weekend's big finale.

July 28, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

...might just be the ultimate wacky '80s comedy...

July 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Hilarious goofball comedy from the late 80s.

March 25, 2005
7M Pictures

Tasteless one-joke premise actually evokes laughs.

October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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.

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A film like Weekend at Bernie's should be commended for being smart enough to be so dumb.

September 6, 2003 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Really funny. Also really stupid. Still, it delivers the laughs.

March 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

A classic of the dumb, hit-on-the-head comedy genre!

November 24, 2002
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

So terribly corny, it's irresistible!

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

Passable time-killer

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Bizarre and campy. And what's funnier than sight gags involving dead bodies waterskiing?

July 26, 2002
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Audience Reviews for Weekend at Bernie's

Mediocre comedy film, Weekend at Bernie's is one of those films that could have been much better than what it turned out to be. I really expect a fun, entertaining film; however this is a strained comedy with barely any effective comedic material. The cast do what they can to elevate the material, however, the result is not satisfying. Those expecting a good comedy will surely be disappointed and want more out of the film. The jokes here simply don't cut it, and fall flat most of the time. This film really could have been something special. But as it stands it's a lacking comedy that just doesn't have what it takes to be truly entertaining. I was disappointed by the film, and I thought it squandered its potential due to the fact the film's a script didn't seem fully fleshed out. Weekend at Bernie's is a comedy that leaves the viewer wanting more out of the film. The script is clearly underdeveloped, and the hints of good ideas are overshadowed by the incoherent narrative and lack of good comedy elements. The film disappoints and it just doesn't do anything to really grab the viewer's attention. I think this film could have been much better than what it turned out to be, and it's a shame they couldn't pull something truly amusing. In terms of a comedy, this one just doesn't deliver, and you won't expect to laugh. In fact, I didn't laugh once throughout the film, and I just felt myself wanting much more out of the film by the time the credits rolled. If there would have been a few rewrites to the script, with more thought put into the comedic elements, then this would have been a fun, entertaining and worthwhile comedy to really enjoy. Weekend at Bernie's has an interesting idea, but never delivers on its potential, which makes this a film not worth seeing if you enjoy truly fun comedies.
April 9, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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It's a bit ironic that the plot is parelled quite well by the film itself. It often seems as if we're watching a lifeless comedy in spunky drag. At first, the trick works. This is supposed to be a ridiculous comedy. It's supposed to be outrageously funny. I can clearly see myself choking on laughter if I were to take time and sit down to read the script upon which this is based. For the first forty-five minutes or so, we're focused on what is going on in the script itself and the cheerfully goofy plot. As the story progresses the tale downgrades into more of an unconvincing, only mildly amusing bore. The poor, corny performances from McCarthy and Silverman were there all along, but they only stand out above everything else in the rising second act. Though revived by a sort of epilogue, I would struggle to explain how this decelerating comedy ended, even in a minimum of ten words. My disappointment of how dully the unique story was being handled, must have made me tune out during the last fifteen minutes. I started thinking of good ways for the film to end before the conclusion had occurred.

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July 11, 2012
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

What we have here, is a one joke movie that's excruciatingly juvennile and gut bustingly corny but that's not to say it wasn't at all funny. Weekend at Bernie's has become a cultural icon and there's been a lot of cheap rip off's chunked out over the years that can't copy what this wacky, stupid movie could do. It wasn't that great and it's certainly one of the most idiotic movies i've ever seen in my life, but it was mildly amusing at the least.
February 3, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

A silly yet fun and enjoyable comedy from the 80's. A typical comedy of the time, one for a blast from the past!
November 20, 2011
Deano78

Super Reviewer

    1. Larry Wilson: He lost my sunglasses.
    – Submitted by Sean L (23 months ago)
    1. Larry Wilson: Look! He even has a pool at the beach. It's heated!
    – Submitted by Elizabeth H (2 years ago)
    1. Larry Wilson: These papers are going to the beach!
    – Submitted by Emily C (2 years ago)
    1. Larry Wilson: That was beautiful! Replay!
    – Submitted by Emily C (2 years ago)
    1. Richard Parker: My aunt is very sick!
    – Submitted by Emily C (2 years ago)
    1. Larry Wilson: WHY can't you be a lazy shit like I am?
    – Submitted by Emily C (2 years ago)
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