Weekend at Bernie’s

“What kind of a host invites you to his house for the weekend and dies on you?”

The summer of 1989. Our favorite decade was drawing to a close, but not without one last killer (literally) movie.

When Weekend at Bernie’s hit theaters on July 5th, it landed with a resounding thud, as critics fought over themselves to say who hated it more (Here’s a clip from Siskel & Ebert, who gave it -surprise!- two thumbs down).

But, hey, for us children of the 80s, was there really a better movie that summer? (Well, besides Batman, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lethal Weapon 2, Ghostbusters 2, and When Harry Met Sally…?)

Quite frankly, we still think it’s hilarious. Two schlubs get invited to their boss’ house in the Hamptons for the weekend, only to find that he’s dead? And they decide to pretend that he’s still alive, just so they don’t get killed themselves? And no one else during the entire weekend picks up on that fact? Awesome!

If it’s been a while, do yourself a favor, and give it another watch. If you don’t laugh (especially in the scene where Bernie’s being dragged behind the speedboat and keeps hitting the buoys), there’s something wrong with you.

We’d argue it was Andrew McCarthy’s funniest performance, and it’s certainly one of the best guilty pleasures of the 80s.

We ♥ Weekend at Bernie’s.

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~ by weheart80s on March 25, 2010.

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