Weekend at Bernie's

  • 12
  • Ted Kotcheff (1989)
  • US
  • 97 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

OK, it's a one-joke movie and, yes, the gags are largely moronic, but this is still pretty good fun. Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman play the two junior executives who are forced to pretend that their crooked boss (Terry Kiser) is still alive over a weekend in which he is to host a swinging party at the beach. It's a lot more tasteless than you would expect from Hollywood and, in fact, from usually reliable but dull Ted Kotcheff, but Kiser makes it all worthwhile in a scene-stealing performance as the much put-upon corpse. Actually, he is probably too good: it's hard to avoid typecasting as an actor and there are few major roles as dead people.

Plot Summary

Two aspiring accountants are invited to their playboy boss's beach house, only to discover he has been murdered - setting the scene for all manner of comic complications as they try to convince everyone he is still alive. Slapstick comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Don Calfa and Terry Kiser.

Cast and crew

Cast

Larry Wilson
Andrew McCarthy
Richard Parker
Jonathan Silverman
Gwen Saunders
Catherine Mary Stewart
Bernie Lomax
Terry Kiser
Paulie, the "Iceman"
Don Calfa
Tina
Catherine Parks
Tawny
Eloise Broady
Marty
Gregory Salata
Vito
Louis Giambalvo

Crew

Director
Ted Kotcheff

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Guidance: 
Contains violence and swearing
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Sound & Media
Categories
Comedy

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