What You Need To Know:
(LL, VV, S, A/D, FR) 14 obscenities & 4 profanities; excessive slapstick violence (Bernie's lifeless body dropped, thrown, hit, slammed into objects, shot with arrow, etc.); sexual innuendo & references to intercourse & female anatomy; drug use; and, voodoo portrayed as powerful, positive force.
There are no surprises in WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S 2. This film starts right where the original left off, with Bernie’s bumbling underlings trying to convince everyone that Bernie is still alive. In the first movie, Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser) dies suddenly on a weekend retreat. Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman), who work for Bernie, must convince everyone that he is still alive. In the sequel, Larry and Richard are fired from their jobs because secret agent Hummel (Barry Bostwick) believes they are part of Bernie’s money-laundering operation. Larry wants to take revenge by finding the money and claiming it for himself. Involving Richard in the scheme, the two are off to St. Thomas, where Bernie has apparently hidden the now-clean money in a bank. Unfortunately, in order to gain access to the personal deposit box, they need to “borrow” Bernie’s body one more time.
The most objectionable part of this movie is the very gimmick it relies on for all its laughs. Bernie’s body is treated with violent disrespect throughout the film. The language is also offensive, but fortunately not constant. There is no sexual contact, but there are many suggestive references to intercourse and the female anatomy. The distasteful violence and the emphasis on voodoo makes one wonder why the cast and crew didn’t just stay home after the first WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S.