This late-1980s classic finds co-workers Larry and Richard spending a weekend at the beach house of their boss, Bernie, who’s secretly planning to kill the duo because they’ve uncovered an accounting error at the company.
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Long regarded as the absolute nadir of the Eighties buddy comedy, I have to admit that the film's central conceit - that the vapid and rich yuppie scene of the Reagan Era would be too self-absorbed to notice a dead body in their midst - still strikes me as rather smart, shrewd, and darkly hilarious. "Bernie's" is nowhere near as sophisticated as a film like "Risky Business," but it's somehow in the same ballpark.
One of my many shameless guilty pleasures, much like "Bio-Dome." This is definitely a one note joke film, but the cast's likability and their efforts to do the best they can with the slim material makes the slapstick work genuinely. Not great, but slightly poignant and funny. Sometimes that's good enough.
people centuries in the future will cite this film as the go-to necrophilia film, that's all i could think about upon a recent viewing. still, it's funny, if not a bit misogynistic, although find me a film made in the late 80's that isn't....
"Would you like to leave a message?...Help!!!" - An original comedy with cartoonish characters but sometimes the silly slapstick comedy gets too much. With that said it absolutely gives you more than a few good laughs.