Weekend At Bernies II

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -2 1/2

No surprises with WEEKEND AT BERNIES II. In the first movie, Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser) dies suddenly on a weekend retreat and two bumbling underlings, Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman), must make others believe that he is still alive. In this sequel, Larry and Richard are fired because secret agent Hummel (Barry Bostwick) believes that they were part of Bernie's money-laundering operation. For revenge, Larry involves Richard in a scheme to find the money in St. Thomas and claim it. They assume Bernie put the money in a bank, but to gain access to the deposit box, they need to "borrow" Bernie one more time. However, a voodoo doctor has already partially revived Bernie to a zombie-like state, thinking Bernie might lead him to the money. Disappearing corpses, plot holes as big as deserted islands, and lots of slapstick violence make this movie just as forgettable and even worse than the first one.

Unfortunately, Bernie's body treated with violent disrespect is the very gimmick the film relies on for all its laughs. Bernie's body falls three stories into a garbage bin, is squeezed into a small suitcase and then dropped, swung headfirst into a closed car trunk, and pulled feet-first from a moving car. While parasailing, Bernie hits trees and the water, then gets nipped at by a passing shark. A metal arrow shot through his head becomes the tool to pull his body. Tied to the front of a cart as it careens down a hillside, Bernie crashes into fruitstands, trees, etc. Voodoo is portrayed as powerful enough to raise the dead and turn men into animals. Ultimately, the main characters must also believe in the power of voodoo to save Richard's life. The language is kept to one s-word and several mild crudities, and there are many suggestive references to intercourse and the female anatomy. The distasteful violence and the emphasis on voodoo make WEEKEND AT BERNIES 2 a summer treatment, not a treat.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Distributor:
Tri-Star Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90069

Summary
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Crude Language: Many (11) times - Mild 6; Moderate 5

Obscene Language: Few (3) times (one s-word, two others)

Profanity: Exclamatory - 4 times

Violence: Many times - Moderate (body falling off building, squeezed in suitcase, dropped, swung into trunk, hits trees, water, bitten by shark, arrow shot through head, rammed through bushes, fruitstands)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (references to intercourse, female anatomy)

Drugs: None

Other: Voodoo portrayed as a powerful, sometimes positive force

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