Welcome to this week’s installment of It Came from the Bargain Bin! There are movies that are unforgettable for many different reasons. While say, The Crying Game is unforgettable for the scene that shocked movie goers by exposing the surprise between Dil’s (Jaye Davidson) legs, The Crying Game is , all in all, a pretty good movie. Lets be honest though, what you remember most about The Crying Game is that, unfortunately, unforgettable scene. Then you have a movie like Casablanca that you just cannot forget because it is just incredible all around. From amazing acting by pretty much everybody in it to lines like “Play it again, Sam” there are numerous reasons for Casablanca to remain unforgettable to pretty much any movie goer that has seen it. Well, this week’s feature from The Bin is unforgettable as well. At least to me, this week’s selection certainly is unforgettable. Now, this particular film may not be memorable for the same reasons that The Crying Game and Casablanca are unforgettable but it certainly is difficult to forget in its own special way. This week’s movie is unforgettable in, dare I say, a Bargain Bin sort of way. This week’s painfully unforgettable selection from The Bargain Bin is the 1989 comedy………………Weekend at Bernie’s!
Weekend at Bernie’s
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Writer: Robert Klane
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, and Terry Kiser
Reviewed By: Joe Sikes
Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman) are friends/co-workers who work for a large insurance company in New York City. On a sweltering hot New York City summer’s day, goof off Larry coaxes his straight laced buddy Richard into hitting a rooftop accompanied by a kiddy pool and a radio as relief from their hot, stuffy business office. While going over numbers Larry and Richard discover that there has been four checks written on one life insurance claim which accounts for two million dollars. It looks like company rookies Larry and Richard have just made a discovery that could land them some serious praise from the company head honcho Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser). Finally, Monday arrives and the two future stars Richard and Larry can’t wait to break the news that is going to change their lives. Not only is this particular Monday going to the beginning of their incredibly successful careers but painfully shy and clumsy Richard has also just scored a date with company hottie Gwen Saunders (Catherine Mary Stewart). It just doesn’t get any better than this! Before the end of the work day Larry and Richard are summoned to the intimidating Mr. Lomax’s office. When the two friends reveal the two million dollar mistake in the numbers Bernie explains that the reason for the multiple checks is due to the fact that there were multiple policies written. Ugh! Richard explains that the policies following the original policy were dated after the policy holder passed away. A-Hah! Success! Somebody has been defrauding the company and the two idiots Richard and Larry have discovered the major discrepancy in the numbers. Bernie, to go over the details and express his gratitude to Richard and Larry, invites the two hard workers to his house in The Hamptons for a party on Labor Day weekend. Jackpot! The boys have hit the big time! Just one slight problem. Bernie is the reason for the two million dollar difference in the numbers and he is not about to let the two small time employees send him up the river. Little do they know, Richard and Larry are heading to Bernie’s to meet their demise at the hand of Bernie’s mafia buddies.
It’s party time on the ferry and all is well, besides Richard’s date with Gwen gone horribly wrong the night before, the sun is shining, the bad reggae music is playing, the drinks are flowing and the future’s so bright they have to wear shades……sorry ’bout that. Richard and Larry arrive at Bernie’s incredible home near the beach and there are amazing women and champagne but where is Bernie? The two good buddies soon find Bernie and Bernie is not exactly, shall we say, responsive. There is a very good reason why good ole Bernie isn’t so vocal nor mobile, for that matter. Bernie is, dun dun dun dun…….DEAD. How can this be? Just when Richard and Larry hit it big their boss kicks the bucket. Who? How? When? Why? Next thing you know a floating party arrives at Bernie’s, and get this, nobody notices! Everybody’s so self involved in their own good time they don’t notice Bernie’s lack of………anything? What are Larry and Richard to do? Will they do the right thing and report this tragedy or will they walk around with Bernie like he’s still alive? You’ll have to check out this cinematic display of dark hijinks. Don’t forget about Richard’s attempts at a seemingly unlikely relationship with beautiful Gwen, which does not make the situation at hand any easier.
Weekend at Bernie’s is a comedy that lacks in, well, lets just say it is lacking in laughs. I guess you would categorize Weekend at Bernie’s as a situational comedy because the situation itself may be humorous but a situational comedy usually needs good comedic actors to carry the situation(s) out and, believe it or not, Jonathan Silverman and Andrew McCarthy are not those comedic actors. Although it was sort of fun to watch Weekend at Bernie’s for the first time in a very long time it was still just as bad as it was years ago. You could say that Weekend at Bernie’s mediocrity has withstood the test of time. If somehow you like Weekend at Bernie’s I guess you could check out Weekend at Bernie’s Two in which Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman fail once again at their attempt at playing a humorous funny guy/straight guy comedy team. I give Weekend at Bernie’s one and a half out of three dragged along corpses. See you next week with another selection from The Bargain Bin.