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Weekend At Bernie’s

by Tony Pinizzotto
Thursday Jun 19, 2014
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Just in time for its 25th Anniversary release The MGM 80s romp, "Weekend At Bernie’s" can now be yours on Blu-ray Disc for your own home library. "Weekend at Bernie’s" tells the tale of Richard Parker (Jonathan Silverman) and Larry Wilson (Andrew McCarthy), two young up-and-coming company boys finding a two million dollar clerical error for their company’s president Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser). Lomax rewards them with a trip to his Miami Beach mansion. Bernie’s not only in with mob partners, bedding his partner’s chippie, but also orders plans to have the boys bumped-off. When Bernie turns up dead, our heroes are determined to cover up his death until they can uncover the truth behind the scandal.

"Weekend At Bernie’s" is a ridiculous comedy, with more implausible plot points than your typical teen farce. Say what you will about it, over the years it’s recognized as a classic -- not as much for its believability but the chance for movie goers to let loose and have fun. It’s one of those films that defines its times. The 1980s were all about having fun and being silly. What’s sillier than seeing a dead body being dragged around for an hour or so? Silverman and McCarty are adorable. So adorable, that this film spawned a sequel four years later.

"Weekend At Bernie’s" is a ridiculous comedy, with more implausible plot points than your typical teen farce.

Where this Blu-ray release falls short is in its bonus features. Outside of the norm (audio and language options) there’s just one bonus, and it breathes as much life as a dead Bernie: the theatrical trailer, which took some real digging to uncover. While it’s great to see "Weekend At Bernie’s" in all its Blu-ray glory, diehard fans of the film will be hungered for more. However, if you’re looking to revisit a good old slapstick comedy, "Weekend At Bernie’s" is worth digging up and having another "visitation."

"Weekend At Bernie’s"
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A native of the South Jersey/Philadelphia area Tony Pinizzotto holds a BA in Speech Communications, with a double major in Theatre Arts, and a minor in vocal performance from Rowan University, NJ. Pinizzotto began his career in Chicago, writing in Marketing and Promotions for numerous TV/Film/Theatrical companies including; ABC-TV, CBS-TV, Weigel Broadcasting Co., Paramount Studios, and LarsErik Films; and was a co-founder of Chicago’s critically acclaimed Close Call Theatre. Pinizzotto currently works as a Actor/Writer/Producer in Los Angeles. In his spare time Tony collects vintage classic motion pictures on 16mm film, Hollywood ephemera, and 60s Polynesian Tiki memorabilia. He is a member of The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and The Los Angeles Conservancy, preserving the art, history, and restoration of vintage LA movie palaces. Pinizzotto also writes for his classic film blog WTFCinema.blogspot.com and is the leading biographer for 50s character actor Jules Munshin. Tony Pinizzotto currently lives with his Domestic Partner of 18 years, and their puppy Tiddly.


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