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Weekend at Bernie's (1989) Movie Information

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Comedy, Adventure





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Ted Kotcheff


Andrew McCarthy
Jonathan Silverman
Catherine Mary Stewart
Terry Kiser
Don Calfa
Catherine Parks





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Two corporate nobodies get invited to their boss' retreat but find him dead when they get there. The pretend he is alive so that they can continue with their vacation.

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Snoogans 07/15/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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'Weekend at Bernie's' is essentially a series of gags involving two guys parading a dead body around and convincing others that said body is still alive. The premise is okay. I just didn't find the majority of gags funny. I can get behind the goofy antics, but I can't believe that the people being fooled could be that immensely dense. Other scenes not involving the dead Bernie, like most of the beginning, are flat out boring.

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FSUNoles27TS 03/12/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It's so bad, but so good. This is definitely a guilty pleasure movie for the ages.

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Chris Kavan 02/22/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Others have said it, but the 80s is the only era in which this film would ever work. The 80s poster man-child Andrew McCarthy and friend lug around poor, dead Bernie and lovable hijinx ensue. It's corny, but still pretty funny.

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GGauthier 09/12/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I laugh big time with this flick, that is very stupid and hilarious. Andrew McCarthy is an icon from the cheese 80s. Nice.

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Josh C 03/14/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Using a dead guy as a puppet has never been more funny. Only the 80's could give birth to an idea so bizzare and pull it off as a legitimate comedy.

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08/25/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

He's dead people

So here's the deal, this film is probably closer to 2 stars than 2.5, but I just couldn't put a film from this classic period of comedies with anything less. It's really one of the last raunchy comedies of that era to be released. This sort of film wouldn't come back again, in my opinion, until American Pie in 1999. The film makes absolutely no sense. I mean, nobody in their right mind would carry around a dead guy for a weekend. I mean, at the very least, wouldn't it start to stink? Throwing all reality aside, I do think this film does skewer 80's yuppie culture. The party at Bernie's scene, when everybody thinks he's just so drunk that he can't speak, instead of you know, dead, points to the complete lack of respect for anyone around them. Everyone at the party is just so caught...

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