Weekend at Bernie's II

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Weekend at Bernie's II
Weekend at bernies ii poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Klane
Produced by Victor Drai
Joseph Perez
Written by Robert Klane
Starring Andrew McCarthy
Jonathan Silverman
Terry Kiser
Music by Peter Wolf
Cinematography Edward Morey III
Editing by Peck Prior
Distributed by TriStar Pictures Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
Release dates
  • July 9, 1993 (1993-07-09)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7,000,000
Box office $12,741,891 (USA)

Weekend at Bernie's II is a comedy film released in 1993 by TriStar Pictures and was the sequel to the 1989 comedy Weekend at Bernie's with Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman and Terry Kiser reprising their roles.

Plot[edit]

The film begins with Larry Wilson (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard Parker (Jonathan Silverman), at the N.Y. City Morgue where they see their deceased boss, Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser). Larry falsely claims Bernie as his uncle, so he can get some of Bernie's possessions including Bernie's credit card. At the insurance company, Larry and Richard are quizzed by their boss and Arthur Hummel (Barry Bostwick), who ask the two if they have the $2 million that Bernie embezzled. They deny knowing where the money is, but their boss believes they're lying and gives them a 2-week suspension.

Meanwhile, in the U.S. Virgin Islands a voodoo queen named Mobu (Novella Nelson) is hired by mobsters to find the money Bernie stole. She sends two flunkies – Henry (Steve James) and Charles (Tom Wright) – to go to New York, get Bernie's body, use a voodoo ceremony to reanimate him, and bring him back to her so he can lead her to the money.

Over dinner (paid for with Bernie's credit card, in one of its many uses), Larry tells Richard he found a key to a safety deposit box in St. Thomas and asks Richard if he will use the computer at work to see if the $2 million is in Bernie's account. At first Richard refuses but ultimately he gives in.

Henry and Charles attempt to sneak Bernie's body out of the morgue but it accidentally crashes through a window. Then in a bathroom they prepare for the voodoo ceremony. However, they lose the chicken they were going to use and use a pigeon instead. This limits Bernie's ability to walk toward the hidden money: he only moves when he hears music.

Later that night, Larry and Richard sneak into their office building to check Bernie's account, only to find that Bernie is the only one that can open it. They are soon arrested by the police for breaking and entering. While they are in jail, Bernie is discovered on a train after Henry and Charles abandoned him to chase a man who stole their boom box.

Larry and Richard are released from jail, find Bernie (whom they believe is still dead), stuff him into a suitcase, bring him with them to the Virgin Islands, and put him into a small refrigerator in their hotel room. Unbeknownst to the two, Hummel is following them to recover the embezzled $2 million. The guys successfully use Bernie to open his safety deposit box but all it contains is a map. Larry befriends a lovely native girl named Claudia (Troy Beyer) and he and Richard give her the map. Larry and Richard are captured by Henry and Charles, who take them to Mobu. She poisons Richard and tells them they must find the money by sundown to get the antidote.

When Larry, Richard, and Claudia are reunited, they're shocked that Bernie is moving and realize Bernie is walking towards the money. They put headphones on Bernie and follow him to the cash, which is underwater. As Bernie finds a large submerged chest, Larry accidentally shoots an underwater spear through his head, which destroys the headphones. So they attempt to bring Bernie back to the surface but Bernie won't let go of the chest, which is too heavy to hoist out of the water. They decide to hook Bernie to a horse and carriage with music playing so Bernie can move. It seems to work at first, but when they reach a hill they crash through many things, knocking out Mobu and the mobsters. The crash also causes Bernie to drop the chest on the ground and it breaks open. Larry tries to steal some of the money but is caught by Hummel (who is going crazy after seeing Bernie moving even though he is supposed to be dead) and he reluctantly hands over the money. Claudia's dad, who's a medical doctor, says he can cure Richard if he can get the blood of a virgin (which Larry confesses he can provide). The mobsters and Mobu are arrested, and Bernie is last seen leading Henry and Charles, who have been transformed into goats by voodoo, in a carnival parade.

Larry confesses to Richard that he returned the $2 million to the insurance company, but only after learning Bernie actually stole $3 million. Larry and Richard use the remaining $1 million to purchase a yacht with a crew of attractive women. On board the yacht, Larry reveals he had to use "about eight or so grand" to pay off Bernie's credit card.

Cast[edit]

  • Andrew McCarthy as Larry Wilson
  • Jonathan Silverman as Richard Parker
  • Terry Kiser as Bernie Lomax
  • Troy Beyer as Claudia
  • Barry Bostwick as Arthur Hummel
  • Tom Wright as Charles
  • Steve James as Henry
  • Novella Nelson as Mobu
  • Lyle Howry as New York Cop #1
  • Ben Lemon as New York Cop #2
  • David Nadboralski as New York Cop #3
  • Win De Lugo as Mr. Jennings
  • J.C. Scott-Klane as Secretary
  • Cedric Bones as Bank Executive
  • Graeme MacDonald as Store Clerk
  • Lance Durham as Hotel Beach Employee
  • Hillel E. Silverman as Maitre'd
  • Jennie Moreau as Brenda

Production[edit]

The movie was filmed in 1992 in the Territory of the Virgin Islands of the United States and in New York City. The talent and staff, who were mainly from the Los Angeles area were on location when the Los Angeles riots of April 1992 broke out and they stated in a St. Thomas interview that they were worried for their loved ones.

Reception[edit]

Weekend at Bernie's II earned mostly negative reviews from critics, earning an 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 29 reviews.[1][2][3]

Box office[edit]

The movie had modest box office success.[4]

In popular culture [edit]

Weekend at Bernie's II appears as a comedy choice within the "Employee Favorites" section of a video store in the Seinfeld episode "The Comeback" in the segment "Gene's picks" when Kramer convinces Elaine to rent this movie instead of another arthouse "pick" by Vincent, her romantic interest.

The movie is referenced in the How I Met Your Mother episode "How Lily Stole Christmas" when Ted attempts to insult Lily for having a poor sense of humor. "Remember that time we heard her laughing, and we thought she was watching Weekend at Bernie's but it turned out she was watching Weekend at Bernie's II!" This movie is also referenced in the How I Met Your Mother episode Weekend at Barney's.

Similarly, in an episode of NCIS a character who needs to establish an alibi is too embarrassed to say which film he had been watching. The team assume he was watching a porn film, but he eventually admits it was Weekend at Bernie's II, to which film geek Agent DiNozzo says, "Even worse."[5]

Movin' Like Bernie[edit]

Inspired by the movement of the movie's namesake, a style of dance was created called "Movin' Like Bernie". Homemade movies went viral on the internet, from children to soldiers serving overseas.[6] Even professional athletes began performing the dance, including Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, after scoring a touchdown during a nationally-televised January 2011 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[7]

The 2012 Oakland Athletics have adapted "Movin' Like Bernie" into their celebration routines after Coco Crisp played the song for third baseman Brandon Inge in the team's clubhouse before a game. Players, such as Josh Reddick, will perform the dance after a home run, big hit or walk off victory.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holden, Stephen (1993-07-10). "Movie Review - Weekend at Bernie's II - Review/Film; Bon Vivant Still Lives. Or Is It Dies? - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  2. ^ Rooney, David (1993-02-16). "Variety Reviews - Weekend at Bernie's II - Film Reviews - - Review by David Rooney". Variety.com. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  3. ^ "WEEKEND REVIEWS : Movie : 'Bernie's II': A Relentless Corpse - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 2003-01-19. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  4. ^ "Weekend Box Office : The Number-Crunchers Are Smiling - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1994-08-16. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  5. ^ NCIS, season 3, episode 13 - Deception, January 17, 2006.
  6. ^ "Soldiers Movin' Like Bernie 2". YouTube. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Bernie Weekend". Oakland Athletics. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 

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