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Weekend at Bernie's Reviews

When rookie accountants Larry Wilson (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard Parker (Jonathan Silverman) discover some fraudulent claims that have cost their company $2 million, they bring the scam to the attention of their venal CEO, Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser), not knowing that Bernie himself embezzled the funds. Pretending to be impressed, Bernie invites the boys out for a weekend at his sprawling beach house, but schemes to have them bumped off by a mob hit man (Louis Giambalvo). It turns out the mob has other plans, and Larry and Richard arrive for their weekend at Bernie's only to find the boss's corpse, after which they stall public discovery of the death, fearing they will be framed for murder. The film's sole joke is that, with a little help from his guests, Bernie becomes more of a party animal dead than alive. WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S won't erase memories of Alfred Hitchcock's enjoyable corpse comedy THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY; it's too weakly written and performed. But Kiser is hilarious as Bernie (both dead and alive), and director Ted Kotcheff's pacing gets the most out of his material.