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Weekend at Bernie's II (1993)

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40

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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Movie Info

When they discover that their deceased boss had stashed away two million illegally embezzled dollars in a Caribbean safe deposit box, two co-workers decide to claim the cash. To do so, however, they must convince everyone the boss is actually alive -- a situation which seems oddly familiar to them both. This sequel to the popular 1989 comedy Weekend at Bernie's promises more of the same: slapstick with an amazingly lifelike corpse at the center. Whatever freshness the premise may have once had

PG,

Comedy

Robert Klane

Dec 4, 2001

TriStar Pictures

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (26) | DVD (7)

A mildly diverting farcical caper.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Through it all, Mr. Kiser, who says not a word, exudes the foolish amiability of a partygoer who is beyond plotzed and is living in a private world of his own.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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I find it hard to believe that many people will pay $6 or $7 to see a picture that has TV sitcom production values, writing, and acting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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If the premise of the first film was mindless and repetitive, it's doubly so this second time around.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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At the film's conclusion, unfortunately, Bernie is still a fully animate zombie, leaving open the possibility of a third weekend.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Why would anyone want to be caught dead with Bernie and his banal buddies a second time around? Relentlessly labored and pointless

June 24, 2004
TheWorldJournal.com

Bernie himself is the only sign of life.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Frankly I'm stunned that every American who paid to see it didn't file a class action suit against Tri-Star Pictures for their blatant misrepresentation of the word "comedy".

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Sad sequel to a surprisingly clever dark comedy. The voodoo curse is pointless, and all the funny death moments were used up in teh first one.

July 14, 2003
About.com

Just as the lead characters try to squeeze more use out of a rotting corpse, so do the filmmakers from this tired premise.

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

At times funny, but more often stupid.

November 5, 2002
Greater Milwaukee Today

Once wasn't enough?

October 16, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A few of the gags work, though many of the jokes that were not funny in the first film are trying again and failing again in the second.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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At one point Bernie is shown dancing under the sea, an accurate metaphor for the film itself -- which is also dead in the water.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Let's just hope that this projected series of films (and I use the term loosely) dies a quiet, unremarked-upon death unlike that of its title character.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Weekend at Bernie's II

Sequel to Weekend at Bernie's is an awful sequel to a mediocre sequel. I really don't know why they made a sequel because the original was pretty bland, and didn't have anything going for it in terms of comedy. This follow up, recycles ideas seen in the first film, but adds a new angle in order to hide the lack of originality with this film. This entry doesn't boast anything funny about it, and the attempt at comedy is poor. The result is a sequel that is a waste of time, and it also shows that you can't pull off a good sequel in the genre. It's only on the very rare occasion that comedy sequels work, and it's due to a strong script and effective comedic performances, which isn't present here. If you're looking for a fun sequel, you'll be disappointed, and will wonder why you even bothered with seeing it. Weekend at Bernie's was a severely flawed comedy that didn't deliver good laughs, and it was completely unnecessary because the first film didn't do anything special with its ideas. Overall, this sequel fails to grab your attention, and it's a straining affair, one that tries too hard with awful material. Don't expect to enjoy this film, as the film just ends up falling flat due to poor performances, nonexistent comedic bits and lazy direction. Weekend at Bernie's II is a poor sequel, one that definitely isn't worth seeing, and if you've seen the original, it should be enough because the filmmakers don't do anything new or original here and they reuse elements that we've seen before and add a few elements to try and make it work. Ultimately, this is a train wreck of a movie and you'd be better off watching something else instead.
April 9, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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So bad. Barely makes sense. And I really liked the original (sadly).
October 11, 2013
romy861

Super Reviewer

I love that this defies all logic and managed to crank out a sequel to a movie that never should've had one. The idea of adding a supernatural element to the corpse of Bernie is truly a work of written art. I could never create something like a person coming to life from music. It's basically the same premise as the first, but still fun if you like the characters and comedy.
October 3, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

There was absolutely no need for a sequel!
September 29, 2009
SirPant

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