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Weekend at Bernies [Blu-ray]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Hilarious performances by Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman make this comedy a "good old, knockdown slapstick" (The Hollywood Reporter)! It sounded like a great weekend away at their boss Bernie's beachside pleasure palace. But when working stiffs Richard and Larry (McCarthy and Silverman) arrive to find a real stiff - their murdered boss - they're forced to concoct a crazy scheme to avoid being implicated and/or dead themselves! With Bernie propped up and his death effectively covered up, Richard and Larry's weekend escape becomes exactly that, as they dodge curious babes, a curtain of bullets and one confused hit man!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best weekend of my life June 25 2003
By bc
Boy, when I rented this movie, I had no idea whatsoever that it would be this funny.
When Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Johnathan Silverman) uncover an embezzlement scam at their office, they report it to their boss, Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser), expecting a promotion, not expecting that Bernie himself is the culprit. Bernie invites them to his beachhouse that weekend, planning to have them killed by a mafia hit man. But, the mafia bad guys have other plans, and they have him killed before Larry and Richard arrive. When they discover Bernie's dead, they at first want to tell the police, despite the fact that they may inadvertendly frame themselves. They soon decide to keep up the face the Bernie's still alive and kickin'.
Did I laugh? HELL YEAH!! WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S has got to be one of the funniest movies ever. It's hilarious to watch Larry and Richard desperately trying to make Bernie's corpse appear to still have a spark, like in the scene where they try to get on a boat with Bernie's body. How they make it appear that he's walking is hard to describe, and even harder not ot laugh at.
Another great scene, involving Bernie's girlfriend from NYC, who goes into a room where Bernie's body is waiting. She emerges from the room as a necropheiliac without even knowing Bernie was dead. This was somewhat overlooked by the critics, but it is worthy of positions held in the "greatest movies of all time list" by movies like VERTIGO or TITANIC, which aren't very good.
That's more than I can say for the sequel, WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S 2, but if you can laugh at things like a corpse jetskiing (so to speak), and I'm sure you can, than stop by BERNIE'S this WEEKEND. As I said above, it was the best WEEKEND of my life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The corpse is the "life" of the party! Jan. 6 2004
Two young insurance company employees, Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman) discover an instance of fraud and report it to their boss Bernie (Terry Kiser). Unfortunately for them, Bernie is the one behind the fraud, and he asks his mobster associate to take them out. Unfortunately for Bernie, the mobster sends his hit man to eliminate Bernie instead. Larry and Richard arrive at Bernie's gorgeous beach house for the weekend and, after discovering that Bernie is dead, manage to make it look like he is still alive so that they can enjoy the rest of the weekend.
An uncomplicated, very slightly plotted farce that is actually pretty fun if it hits you in the right frame of mind. The whole thing is extremely silly and yet extremely funny at times. McCarthy and Silverman are very lively, but Kiser completely steals the movie as the title corpse. I first noticed this amusing actor on a hilarious episode of 'Three's Company', and have remained amused by his performances ever since. However, I think that sad-eyed cult actor Don Calfa ("Chopper Chicks in Zombietown", "The Return of the Living Dead" is also worth mentioning, in a good comedy performance as the hit man who grows increasingly flustered in his attempts to kill Bernie once and for all. Catherine Mary Stewart is attractive and appealing enough as the girl Richard is interested in.
It also seems to be part satire: a commentary on self-absorbed rich jerks who are so into what they themselves are doing that they can't notice (or even sense) that Bernie is dead.
The movie's Canadian director, Ted Kotcheff, appears on screen as Richard's father.
All in all, a good comedy. I give it 4/5.
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3.0 out of 5 stars dumb, but funny. Terry Kiser is perfect! Oct. 9 2003
A Film by Ted Kotcheff
This is one of those movies I didn't actually expect to like, but did. The movie is also kind of dumb but is still funny and it works despite the dumbness of the plot. Here's the set up: Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathon Silverman) are two employees that are rather low on the corporate ladder at an insurance firm. They notice a discrepancy that shows that one claim paid out four different checks for one person's death. They bring it up with their boss, Bernie (Terry Kiser) and when he sees that it is a scam, he rewards them with a weekend at his house/summer home. Here's the kicker: Bernie is really in on the scam and along with his associates, he puts out a hit on Larry and Richard. Instead, Bernie's associate has Bernie killed (Bernie was sleeping with the guy's wife/mistress).
This is when Larry and Richard arrive on the island. They discover that Bernie is dead, but are a little confused about how to proceed. Do they call the cops? What do they say? They are still freaked out by it when Bernie's neighbors start arriving for a party. Since Bernie looks pretty much alive (and wearing the sunglasses, he can be sleeping or looking around), they prop him up on the couch. Nobody catches on to the fact that Bernie is dead and it almost seems that Bernie is the life of the party (pun intended). For the rest of the weekend Larry and Richard pass off Bernie as being alive (even carrying him around between them).
Despite the premise of the movie, Weekend at Bernie's works. It is funnier than I expected it to be. Yes, it's a dumb movie, but it's also decently funny at the same time. A highlight of the movie is the guy who plays Bernie. Sure, he's dead for most of the movie, but Bernie also makes the movie, just how he looks and gets to react (it'll make sense if you see it). Bernie is a riot. I can't strongly recommend the movie, but give it a shot, you might be surprised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by June L Sanders
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Good old comedy!
Published 12 days ago by Dominik Kannage
3.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh. Worth a watch.
One of those movies I remember seeing when I was a child but for which I had a very vague souvenir. Now that it got released in blu-ray for the first time this summer 2014 I... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Alexandre Poulin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great shipping.
Always a classic. Great shipping.
Published 2 months ago by sue18
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't laugh very much now that I am older..
I didn't laugh as much as I used to when I watched it many many years ago. Many situations are stupid and unbelievable, and consequently, it didn't make me laugh now that I am... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Asselin
3.0 out of 5 stars So good !
This is a sooo great comedy !!!! One of my favorites !! I remove two stars for two reasons. It don't have French audio track, and it's not available on bluray, so watching on a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mart666
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie
This movie was as described and was shipped out very quickly and it is a really funny movie can not wait to see the second movie.
Published 7 months ago by john harper
4.0 out of 5 stars Weekend at Bernies
Still a good movie after all these years. Funny today as it was back in 89. If you like off beat comedies, then this is the one for you.
Published 13 months ago by Wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE
This is one of the funniest movies ever made. It didn't take very long to get here and we enjoy it very much.
Published 15 months ago by Lorraine Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Weekend at Barnies----Very Funny
The Best Laugh since The Quiet Man.It keeps you in suspense, you never know when or where Bernie is going to show up.
Published 20 months ago by Bill Ambrose
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