Weekend at Bernie's (1989)




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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.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
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20th Century Fox


Andrew McCarthy
as Larry Wilson
Jonathan Silverman
as Richard Parker
Catherine Mary Stewart
as Gwen Saunders
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
John Bennes
as Harvey
Augustina Berlings
as Larry's Pick-Up
Jack Canon
as Murray Rose
Nello Tare
as Party Man
Joyce Bowden
as Fashion Designer
Stefanos Miltsakakis
as Body Builder
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
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
Dan Preston
as Exercise Trainer
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Critic Reviews for Weekend at Bernie's

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Weekend at Bernie's

Odious and completely unfunny, it really amazes me that this awful movie has become some sort of trashy cult along the years, and it is nearly unbearable to see a bunch of stupid characters incapable of noticing that a man is obviously dead.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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"Weekend at Bernie's" is the type of film where you either buy the storyline and go along with it, or you will probably hate it. I always fall directly in the middle when I watch this film, because the comedy hits just as much as it misses. The idea of this film is risky to begin with, playing with death and such, but it works in the context of this movie and the characters involved in this crazy plot. Once invited to a house party at their Boss's party on an island, they arrive to find him dead in his home. Hiding the fact that he is dead, they parade around with the body the entire film, creating some very fun moments, but also some cynical ones as well. Overall, you may or may not enjoy this film, it is really a matter of opinion. "Weekend at Bernie's" works for what it is, but it is really the type of comedy you need to be in the mood for.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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