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Weekend At Bernies [1989] [DVD]

Andrew McCarthy , Jonathan Silverman , Timothy Perez    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Catherine Parks, Terry Kiser
  • Directors: Timothy Perez
  • Producers: Andy Summers
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.75:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CR6WZI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,085 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Weekend at Bernie's starts when two lowly clerks at an insurance agency uncover a $2 million fraud and report it to their boss, Bernie (Terry Kiser). Unfortunately for them, Bernie is the one behind the fraud and he invites them to his island beach house for the weekend, where he intends to have them killed by his mob contacts. Unfortunately for Bernie, the mob decides to rub him out instead--that's when the clerks, Richard (Jonathan Silverman) and Larry (Andrew McCarthy), arrive and discover Bernie's body. At first they panic and start to call the police but when a party of islanders sweeps in, Richard and Larry also discover that the local residents are so self-absorbed they don't notice that Bernie is dead. So if our heroes can just convince everyone that Bernie is still alive for the weekend, they can have a splendid time. Unfortunately, they also convince the mob hitman, who keeps trying to take Bernie out. Weekend at Bernie's was made at the height of 1980s fashion and features many amusing outfits and hairstyles--often the styles are funnier than the dialogue and the characters are tissue-paper thin. Still, there's no denying that the movie chugs along from bit to bit and never takes itself more seriously than it should, which is a cheerful, disposable piece of fluff. --Bret Fetzer

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious farce! 6 Sep 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Richard (Jonathan Silverman) and Larry (Andrew McCarthy) are two working stiffs trying to get ahead in corporate world. While working overtime, they find evidence that someone has been defrauding the company, and they take their evidence to their boss Bernie Lomax (Terry Kaiser). Bernie is so impressed with them that he invites them to his weekend house on the coast. Yep, things are looking up for our heroes...or are they? It turns out that Bernie is the thief, and he arranges to have them killed! When the boys arrive at Bernie's they find him dead, and soon find out about his plans for them. Fortunately, none of Bernie's party-hardy friends seem to realize that he is dead. If the boys can keep up the pretext that Bernie is alive, they just might survive. Now, how do you keep anyone from finding out that your boss is actually dead? [Color, released in 1989, with a running time of 1:37.]
OK, no matter who writes the description, this movie is going to sound implausible to the point of silliness. Well...yeah, this is not a movie to be taken seriously. What it is is a hilarious farce, with Terry Kaiser doing a surprisingly funny imitation of a dead guy! The movie is generally clean with one off camera sex scene and one scene with a practically naked woman (Tawny - Elois DeJoria, Playboy Miss April 1988). But, that said, it's a very funny movie that you can watch with your whole family. We love this movie and highly recommend it to you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than I remembered! 8 Feb 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this as a child and thought it was really funny. Fast forward 15 years and I decided to buy it for old time's sake, just to see if it was actually any good... and it was even funnier than I'd remembered! Besides the obvious massive joke (ie: Bernie, the partying corpse), there were some subtle little jokes that I'd never have noticed as a 10 year old which made me chuckle. I can't believe it's rated 15, though I suppose violence, murder and hints at necrophilia will tend to push a rating up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film from 80's 13 Mar 2010
If you like Trading Places and Brewster's Millions, then you will love this film. Ordered using amazon and had it delivered from the Netherlands within a week. Very happy customer :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I remember seeing TV spots for this movie in Florida in 1989 and thinking that it made for a great concept. When I eventually rented the VHS tape a few months later it really appealed to my dark sense of humor and I ended up watching it a zillion times. In the 25 years since its release it has become very dated. It's not dated BADLY, but it has aged more than other films of the period.

Corporate slackers Richard and Larry (Ted Mosby prototype Jonathan Silverman and 80s person Andrew McCarthy) discover a $4,000,000 fraud hidden away in the cooked books. Their attempt to impress their boss Bernie Lomax (a lovably smug Terry Kiser) with their find leads to an invitation to his Hampton Island home for a summer weekend of babes, booze, and boats. The duo don't realize that they've stumbled on Bernie's embezzlement scam and that he intends to have them quietly killed by the Mob (the organized crime connections are never fully detailed or understood). Mob Boss Vito instead arranges for Bernie to be killed, thus washing his hands of him.

Upon arriving at Bernie's lavish home Richard and Larry discover that he ain't quite breathing and most definitely has ceased living. For a variety of reasons they plot to create the illusion that Bernie is still alive, which proves to be easier done than said as his vacuous, drunken neighbors are more interested in drinking his champagne and mooching parties from him than actually being friends.

Despite the dark subject matter Weekend at Bernie's plays it safe for the most part, never pushing past its PG-13 boundaries. The physicality of Kiser's performance is impressive as well as funny.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What your doing is illegal.... 12 Mar 2014
Richard and Larry are two best friends who discover that someone has been embezzling money from their company.

When they inform their boss, Bernie Lomax, he is so apparently pleased that he invites then to his beach house for a weekend of fun and leisure and women.

But once they arrive, they discover him dead! Richard wants to do the right thing and inform the authorities as quickly as possible, but Larry is determined to still try and have a weekend of fun and leisure and women.....

First things first, if you don't like the sound of two men walking around with a dead body, making it do admittedly stupid, but very funny things, steer well clear.

But if you can swallow your pride, and admit to the fact that you really want to see this, or have seen it just for the fact, that whenever the titular character falls, or gets 'hurt' in any way, it's a funny movie from start to finish.

A farce on many levels, the film works because it's just so bright and sparky.

The two leads are great, Silverman playing the straight guy, McCarthey playing the party animal, but both characters are very likable.

It's just one of those movies that puts a big grin on your face, forgettable the minute its over, but still a lot of fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
One of the funniest films ever made! Bernie the corpse is absolutely brilliant!
Published 7 days ago by Maz Madge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by Alex Wayt
5.0 out of 5 stars weekend at Bernies
Hilarious from beginning to end. A must see for anyone with a sense of humor. I enjoyed this film 1st time round and it didnt disappoint.
Published 1 month ago by stonker22
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious first time but only OK second time!
Saw this a couple of years ago for first time in ages - was so funny. So ordered the DVD and watched it recently, but it didn't seem anywhere near as good. Not sure why that was. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Ja Hodgskiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
Anyone that loves the 80s films will love this one. Its a great film full of comedy and always makes me laugh as I end up recalling all the mad things I did as a youngster to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vicky Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Film
Starts much like any comedy, things fairly normal. It accelerates into one of the funniest films I've seen.
Well thought out idea and well written.
Published 2 months ago by alan rich
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brill
I saw part of this movie on TV some time ago but I couldn't remember the title but I found it looking for something else. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Big Ronno
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny film.
I admit this film might not be everyone's cup of tea. However, I rather enjoy it and it has for some odd reason over the past two years in a row and mostly likely will continue to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. R. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Weekend at Bernies DVD
A great film to watch! So funny I would recommend to anyone. Even though the main character is being dragged around and is basically dead - it is a black comedy and should be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. L.C. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my type of Film
I thought it was a stupid film watched it twice and still didn't like it must be me, the only good bit in the film was the models
Published 4 months ago by JULIAN LAKI
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