The Weekend at Bernie’s Post-Mortem!

This weekend at Bernie’s has been life altering, and life affirming. I’ve learned a lot about myself through Bernie and the way he perseveres even after death. His passing was a tragedy; Bernie had so much more living to do! Bernie’s legacy won’t be his Porsche golf cart, or the many lines of cocaine he snorted, it’ll be the way he took life’s lemons and made them into lemonade. So next time you feel like the world’s against you, think of Bernie. When your boss gives you hell at work for no reason, think of Bernie. When you just can’t get up in the morning, think of Bernie. He didn’t let anything stand in the way of his good time, and neither should you.

And who knows, if God is kind and the stars align, maybe one day at the big conga line in the sky, we’ll all get to meet Bernie and tie our shoelaces to his ankles and parade him around for old time’s sake. Bernie’s just the kind of guy to nod his head agreeably and place his arm around your shoulder, no questions asked.

I only had one link submitted for the weekend, and even though it’s seemingly an obvious attempt to pack as many keywords into one post as possible, I just can’t pass on linking something that starts with the sentence: “When your kid enjoys a Happy Meal because it comes with a car from Cars he or she is actually eating the movie.”

This has been The Weekend at Bernie’s, and I hope you had a good time (and enjoyed the “snazzy” decorations). Look for another special event later on in the summer that will cool off your hot days with some Ice. Until that time, it’s back to the regularly scheduled reviews.

Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993)

Starring Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Terry Kiser, Troy Byer Bailey, Barry Bostwick, Tom Wright, Steve James, Novella Nelson

Directed by Robert Klane

Expectations: Seen it before, but I don’t remember anything about this one. Bernie’s a stiff from moment one, so this should be non-stop corpse-draggin’ fun, right?

On the general scale:

On the “People Pretending a Corpse is Still Alive” scale:

[Editor’s Note: One quick thing before I kick this one off: there will be massive spoilers. I’m just not able to do it justice without performing the full autopsy on Bernie’s rotting corpse. So be warned!]

In yesterday’s review of Weekend at Bernie’s, I called it a singular and unique film. The same can be said of Weekend at Bernie’s II, as it goes in a completely different direction than its predecessor while still exploring plot lines introduced in the original. After a strange animated intro sequence that plays up the kid-friendly aspects of this tale of the not-so-recently deceased Bernie, the film begins in the coroner’s office. Bernie has been turned in and locked away, and our heroes can finally get on with their lives without Bernie always hanging around. Wait, what? How are we supposed to have all the wild fun of the original now? I was hoping for a film filled with dead Bernie, but apparently that wasn’t meant to be. That being said, when Weekend at Bernie’s II is funny, it’s incredibly absurd and in certain cases it even rivals the original. The only problem is that these moments are so few and far between that most of the film is spent yawning and wishing Bernie would enter frame.

Before I go any further I have to make note of the film’s rating, as it is baffling me. I generally don’t pay attention to these things, but for whatever reason I had noticed that the original was PG-13, and the sequel was only PG. I thought, “Damn, so it’s gonna be tamer and more kid-friendly, huh?” I resigned myself to it, but to my surprise this is most likely the first and last PG movie to feature a main character yelling “Blow me!” to one of his co-workers, quick frontal female nudity and other assorted adult situations. If this came out at PG nowadays, the conservative Christian groups would tear down the local AMC, with burning effigies of Bernie littering the sidewalk.

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Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)

Starring Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Terry Kiser, Don Calfa, Catherine Parks, Eloise DeJoria, Gregory Salata, Louis Giambalvo, Ted Kotcheff, Margaret Hall

Directed by Ted Kotcheff

Expectations: I have the expectation that this is gonna be one hell of a weekend at Bernie’s! He always throws the best parties!

On the general scale:

On the “People Pretending a Corpse is Still Alive” scale:

When I started Silver Emulsion, I knew one day I’d get here. It was inevitable that I’d review Weekend at Bernie’s, and now having seen it again, I’m finding it hard to know how to go about actually reviewing it. I’ve only seen this once before, around the time it originally dropped on VHS, so I must have been about eight or nine years old. I found its uproarious, black humor intoxicating, with two horny, bumbling dorks doing their best to drag a dead man around as if he were alive. I loved it. I also loved The Three Stooges at the time, and watching this now I was able to see the parallels between the two. And just for the record, Bernie’s corpse is a better replacement for Curly than Shemp.

Weekend at Bernie’s is the other 1989 film set in New York during the sweltering summer heat. Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman work for an insurance firm and over the sticky, roof-melting hot of the weekend, they discover some clear insurance fraud on the company’s books. Come Monday morning they prance down to Bernie Lomax’s office, in hopes of big praise and even bigger rewards. He thanks the boys for finding this “error” and invites them to a weekend at his place… oh I can’t resist, a weekend at Bernie’s! But when they arrive ready for a getaway filled with booze, woman and excitement, they find Bernie slumped over in his office chair.

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The Weekend at Bernie’s!

OK folks, it’s coming up next weekend so I hope you’re all ready for it! I know my buddy Rodney thinks I should wait and that I’m heading into this half-cocked and much too soon, but who cares! We’re doing it next weekend and that’s final!

A bit of back story: many years ago my friends and I used to make inside jokes among ourselves as any group of friends will do. For reasons I can’t remember, Weekend at Bernie’s became the punchline to many jokes. After I had started this site, I thought it would be a great laugh if I actually reviewed the movies during one of my special events. I’d call it The Weekend at Bernie’s!

And now here we are only seven short days from the party of a lifetime! I also invite anyone that wishes to get in on the fun to do so and post your thoughts on your own blog. Just send me the links and I’ll add them to my reviews of the film. I wouldn’t call this a proper Blog-A-Thon (maybe a Bern-A-Thon), but I think it would be fun to see some other reviews of this “classic.” Feel free to use the banner as you see fit, as well.

Get your suntan lotion, your beach towel and your formaldehyde because we’re spending the weekend with Bernie!

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