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      Weekend at Bernie's

      PG-13 1989 1h 37m Comedy List
      54% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 57% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Fun-loving salesmen Richard (Jonathan Silverman) and Larry (Andrew McCarthy) are invited by their boss, Bernie (Terry Kiser), to stay the weekend at his posh beach house. Little do they know that Bernie is the perpetrator of a fraud they've uncovered and is arranging to have them killed. When the plan backfires and Bernie is killed instead, the buddies decide not to let a little death spoil their vacation. They pretend Bernie is still alive, leading to hijinks and corpse desecration galore. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      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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      Duane Byrge Hollywood Reporter Bernie's is good old, knock-down slapstick with just the right dose of cruelty thrown in. Jul 5, 2017 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom A classic of the dumb, hit-on-the-head comedy genre! Rated: 4/5 Nov 24, 2002 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Weekend at Bernie's makes two mistakes: It gives us a joke that isn't very funny, and it expects the joke to carry an entire movie. Rated: 1/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Mike Ryan Uproxx Weekend at Bernie's does a pretty good job of meticulously setting up why two numbskulls hang out with a dead body. Sep 14, 2022 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) Weekend at Bernie's is a suffocating, repeating, offensive funeral [Full review in Spanish]. Jul 11, 2022 Full Review Barbara Shulgasser Common Sense Media Irreverent dead-body comedy has plenty of iffy stuff. Rated: 3/5 Sep 16, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Stephen D What kind of heartless, humorless social maladaptate doesn't like this movie? It's the quintessential eighties slapstick comedy, and a true classic that will stand the test of time. Docking a star because Kiser's performance was a little rigid. Yuk yuk yuk. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/13/24 Full Review Jonathan L Some say they milked the Bernie bit too much, I didn't see that personally, though I did feel the comedy was generally cliché and predictable. That being said, the cast killed it, the plot was suprisingly thorough, and the jokes that were original were hilarious. 87/100 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/24 Full Review David W It maybe stretches the gag a little thin but it's one of those rare comedies that made me cry with laughter and only a precious, small amount over the years have done that. Highly recommended. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/24 Full Review Test T I watched this on DVD recently. The film is quite good up until the point where Bernie is killed. After that point, it's garbage. Dragging a dead guy around a beach resort is not funny the first time, but to spend half the film doing it hoping that it will get funny is madness. I really could not believe that anyone could run with this plan and hope to satisfy an audience. It's just bad taste repeated over and over until the film ends. If I'd have been at the Cinema I would have walked out! It's a shame because the initial story was good and the film has a lovely location which could have been used much better. As it is, I found the film very irritating and distasteful, and I would recommend people to avoid it. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/24 Full Review Ace R Without a doubt one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I laughed until my ribs hurt. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/23/23 Full Review Natalie It's been a long time since I've seen this movie so it might not hold up, but I always remember it having me in stitches when I was a kid/teen. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Fun-loving salesmen Richard (Jonathan Silverman) and Larry (Andrew McCarthy) are invited by their boss, Bernie (Terry Kiser), to stay the weekend at his posh beach house. Little do they know that Bernie is the perpetrator of a fraud they've uncovered and is arranging to have them killed. When the plan backfires and Bernie is killed instead, the buddies decide not to let a little death spoil their vacation. They pretend Bernie is still alive, leading to hijinks and corpse desecration galore.
      Director
      Ted Kotcheff
      Producer
      Victor Drai, Bruce McNall
      Screenwriter
      Robert Klane
      Production Co
      Gladden Entertainment
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 9, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $29.4M
      Runtime
      1h 37m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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