Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)

DailyView: Day 73 Movie 125

One of the most iconic films from the late eighties is Weekend at Bernie’s, but it always looked to be too stupid to watch. Yes, it was a cultural classic, but I just did not have a lot of interest. It seemed like the right time to finally watch the film for the DailyView.

This was just too stupid for me.

Two schmucks, Richard (Jonathan Silverman) and Larry (Andrew McCarthy), discovered an error in the finances of the company they worked for worth millions of dollars. Thinking this was their big break, they took the error to their boss, Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser). Little did they know, the error was from Bernie, who was stealing from the company. Bernie invited them to his weekend house where he planned to make it look like a murder-suicide.

However, Bernie had some trouble of his own with his mafia partner (Louis Giambalvo), whose girl (Catherine Parks) Bernie was having an affair with. He decided that Bernie needed to die instead and he sent hitman (Don Calfa) to kill him. He gives Bernie an overdose and leaves him to be discovered. Richard and Larry arrive and find Bernie dead and they decide to continue the part that arrived at Bernie’s house.

They hauled Bernie around in a ton of slapstick scenes, apparently meant to be funny.

I guess Bernie’s body does not stiffen after death.

This was so frenetic and chaotic and just downright stupid that I checked out early into the main arc of the story. I did not like either of the leads and using the dead body as a prop overstayed its welcome. I have no idea how they squeezed out a sequel to this, but I will not be finding out.

There was nothing funny here. Bernie is dead. That was the entire joke. That was not funny. I do not even remember giggling once. I disliked Weekend at Bernie’s no matter how much of a classic it is considered.

This one was DOA for me.

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