Review: ‘Weekend at Bernie’s II’

Hitching a routine rehash of the first installment's cavorting cadaver antics to a frantic hunt for the defunct's cash stash, writer-director Robert Klane delivers a mildly diverting farcical caper in Weekend at Bernie's II.

Hitching a routine rehash of the first installment’s cavorting cadaver antics to a frantic hunt for the defunct’s cash stash, writer-director Robert Klane delivers a mildly diverting farcical caper in Weekend at Bernie’s II.

Story picks up ambitious insurance company stooges Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman, back in Gotham to check boss Bernie (Terry Kiser) into the morgue and return to work as heroes after uncovering his $2 million plunder. But instead of a promotion, they get fired, with company snoop Barry Bostwick tailing them to track down the missing loot.

Also after the cash are Kiser’s mob cohorts, now in cahoots with a Virgin Islands voodoo queen. She dispatches a bumbling duo (Tom Wright and Steve James) to NY to resurrect Kiser and bring him back.

Plot complications are troweled on with varying degrees of plausibility, but serve mainly as a stage for Klane’s endless succession of well-timed setups. But Klane pays scant attention to connecting scenes, which despite the affable mugging of McCarthy and Silverman, fail to keep things buoyant.

Weekend at Bernie's II

Italy - US

Production

Artimm/Drai. Director Robert Klane; Producer Victor Drai; Screenplay Robert Klane; Camera Edward Morry III; Editor Peck Prior; Music Peter Wolf; Art Director Michael Bolton

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Andrew McCarthy Jonathan Silverman Terry Kiser Tom Wright Steve James Troy Beyer
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