Weekend at Bernie's


Weekend at Bernie's

Critics Consensus

Weekend at Bernie's wrings a surprising amount of laughs out of its corpse-driven slapstick premise, but one joke can only carry a film so far.



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Two young businessmen are invited to their employer's beach home, only to find that he has been murdered. Thanks to a complicated series of events involving a corporate embezzlement scheme, the two are forced to convince the world their boss is still alive in this slapstick comedy.


Andrew McCarthy
as Larry Wilson
Jonathan Silverman
as Richard Parker
Terry Kiser
as Bernie Lomax
Don Calfa
as Paulie
Margaret Hall
as Secretary
Ted Kotcheff
as Jack Parker
Mark Smaltz
as Security Officer
Anthony Mannino
as Superintendent
Polly Segal
as Woman in Elevator
Bob Horen
as Maitre d'
Bruce Barbour
as Beach Bum
Jason Woliner
as Bratty Kid
Dan Cox
as Handsome Man
Steve Howard
as Plastic Surgeon
Lorri Lindberg
as Aukthoress
Jack Hallett
as Tennis Pro
Tim Perez
as Mugger
Augustina Berlings
as Larry's Pick-Up
Jack Canon
as Murray Rose
Nello Tare
as Party Man
Joyce Bowden
as Fashion Designer
Danny Preston
as Exercise Trainer
Jean Liles
as Girl on Dock
Dan Wargo
as Party Guest
Patricia Roseman
as Female Model
David Arey
as Male Model
Ronald C. Ross
as Man at Table
George Cheung
as Gardener
Lou Criscuolo
as First Islander
Edwin Little Dean
as Water Taxi Driver
Stephen Fischer
as Man on Elevator
Cindy Foster Jones
as Girl at Ambulance
Richard W. Boucher
as Handsome Man #2
Michelle Vincent
as Girl on Boat
Lisa Sherrill Gannon
as Beach Girl #1
Rachel Lewis
as Beach Girl #2
Leslie Sternchak
as Girl at Party #1
Tina Diane King
as Girl at Party #2
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Audience Reviews for Weekend at Bernie's

  • Jun 25, 2014
    An outrageous screwball comedy, Weekend at Bernie's is wildly entertaining. After finding their boss dead at his beach house Larry and Richie decide to masquerade as if he's still alive in order to avoid being suspected of his murder. As ridiculous as the premise is, somehow the actors make it work. Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, and Catherine Mary Stewart all give great performances and deliver a lot of laughs. Though Weekend at Bernie's is pretty much a one-note joke, somehow it's able to push that joke far enough that it become funny again, and again, and again.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2014
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2013
    Cheesy 80's movie with a lot of VERY obvious jokes. Not the worst movie in the world, but not something to get too excited about. I cant help but feel that this movie is actually very dark when you think about it.....
    Jarryd R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2012
    A really funny stupid comedy
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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