Weekend at Bernie's (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Weekend at Bernie's1989

Weekend at Bernie's (1989)




Critic Consensus: 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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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.

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Andrew McCarthy
as Larry Wilson
Jonathan Silverman
as Richard Parker
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
Augustina Berlings
as Larry's Pick-Up
Jack Canon
as Murray Rose
Nello Tare
as Party Man
Joyce Bowden
as Fashion Designer
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
George Cheung
as Gardener
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
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Critic Reviews for Weekend at Bernie's

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3)

Bernie's is good old, knock-down slapstick with just the right dose of cruelty thrown in.

July 5, 2017 | Full Review…

A classic of the dumb, hit-on-the-head comedy genre!

November 24, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
Top Critic

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Irreverent dead-body comedy has plenty of iffy stuff.

September 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A silly uninspired juvenile one-joke film.

July 19, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Couldn't even drag a smile out of me. Chalk it up to either old age or the calcification of taste. Or just blame it on Silverman and McCarthy, who found their careers rightfully torn to shreds soon after the release of the film.

August 26, 2009 | Rating: D- | Full Review…

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

Super Reviewer


"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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