As shlepping-the-stiff pics go, Weekend at Bernie’s ranks below the classic black comedy of The Trouble with Harry and S.O.B., but there’s enough farcical fun. Terry Kiser steals the show as the corpse hauled around by frantic Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman.
When Gotham insurance company go-getters McCarthy and Silverman show up for a weekend in the Hamptons with slimy boss Kiser, only to find him bumped off by the mob, it’s a scream for a few minutes before the gags become repetitive.
Gross caricatures abound as Kiser’s decadent party guests fail to notice their host is much more laid-back than usual. For reasons which are not made totally credible, the boys feel they have to keep Bernie’s demise a secret from everyone, and only their hilarious attempts to get the stiff off the island put the film back on track.
Script comes up with the occasional outrageous invention, such as a scene in which Kiser’s sex-crazed mistress engages him in strenuous lovemaking, causing McCarthy to lament that Bernie does better dead than he’s been doing alive.