Ted Kotcheff’s 1989 classic comedy film starring Jonathan Silverman and Andrew McCarthy grossed the box office in its time, becoming an instant success and spawning a sequel in ’93. Moreover, the movie tells the story of two no-good insurance salesmen that find themselves in the most comedic situations. After their boss orders their contract killings to cover up a major embezzlement case, he winds up dead. The pair find out about it during a weekend at his house. And now must convince everybody that their boss is still alive. Where is Weekend at Bernie’s Filmed?
Weekend at Bernie’s is a raunchy, tasteless comedy. The kind of movie you watch not for its great script, nor photography, much less the great acting or directing. You just watch the flick for the fun and laughs. It’s one of those late eighties classics that bring out the big hair, the clothes, and the entire aesthetics of the times. On a side note, it’s worth mentioning that “The Police’s” very own Andy Summers developed the music for this movie. Now, without any further ado, let’s dig into the Weekend at Bernie’s filming locations.
Weekend at Bernie’s is prominently filmed in the United States. This 1989 dark comedy’s main photography takes place between New York City, New York State, the United States of America, and several places in North Carolina, United States of America. Firstly, the beach scenes take place in several places around the Wilmington area in North Carolina, as well as Figure Eight Island in Harnett. As well as Wrightsville Beach and the Bald Head Island Ferry. Secondly, as for the New York City photography scenes, some take place at the now-demolished World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, others take place in Central Park. In the next section, we are sharing with you details about this movie’s plot.
Weekend at Bernie’s plot
Larry Wilson (played by Andrew McCarthy) and Richard Parker (played by Jonathan Silverman) are low-level financial staffers for a New York City insurance company. Richard finds a string of payments made for the same death while reviewing actuarial records. He and Larry present their findings to the CEO, Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser), who congratulates them on their discovery of insurance fraud and invites them to his Hamptons, Long Island, beach home for the Labor Day weekend.
Bernie, unbeknownst to the two, is the perpetrator of the scam. Bernie nervously meets with his mafia buddy Vito (Louis Giambalvo), requests that the two be assassinated. However, once Bernie departs, Vito determines that Bernie has drawn too much attention to himself due to his avarice and his friendship with Vito’s fiancée, Tina (Catherine Parks). And orders that he be murdered instead. Bernie gets to the island before the others and prepares the killings over the phone with Paulie (Don Calfa), the hitman, unknowing that the discussion is being recorded on his answering machine.
Bernie’s financial shenanigans
Bernie then hides cash and a forged confession statement accusing Larry and Richard of insurance fraud. Bernie is killed by a drug overdose as Paulie arrives. Larry and Richard are shocked to see Bernie’s corpse when they arrive at his residence. Guests come for a party that Bernie generally holds every weekend before they can contact the cops. The visitors are too busy partying to realize he’s dead. With the dopey smile from the deadly injection and his sunglasses masking his lifeless condition, much to the pair’s surprise.
Larry recommends that he and Richard maintain the illusion that Bernie is still alive in order to avoid being implicated in Bernie’s death. And to enjoy the luxury of the mansion for the weekend, which Richard finds ludicrous. Only the appearance of Richard’s workplace infatuation, Gwen Saunders (Catherine Mary Stewart), a corporate summer intern, convinces him to go along with Larry’s scheme. Tina comes at the residence later that night and asks the couple to take her to Bernie. There, she likewise fails to recognize that he is no longer alive. Marty, one of Vito’s mobsters, happens to be nearby at the time and watches the two of them presumably making love.
The duo takes on Bernie.
Marty informs Vito after being duped into believing Bernie’s assassination failed. The following morning, Richard is shocked to see Larry enhancing Bernie’s appearance by manipulating his body’s limbs. When Richard tries to contact the police, the phone message describing Bernie’s scheme against them is activated. Unaware of how Bernie died, they feel they are still the targets of a mob hit. And decide to use Bernie’s body as a shield. All of the couple’s efforts to escape the island are blocked as they constantly misplace and regain Bernie’s corpse, forcing them to return to Bernie’s house. Meanwhile, Paulie, distraught about his apparent failure to assassinate Bernie, returns to the island.
Weekend at Bernie’s ending explained.
Gwen confronts Larry and Richard at the home, who admit that Bernie has been deceased since before they arrived. Paulie then comes and fires at Bernie before moving on to Larry, Richard, and Gwen. Paulie pursues the group and eventually confronts Larry, who awkwardly subdues him with a phone wire and a punch. The cops ultimately come and arrest Paulie, transporting him in a straitjacket as he insists Bernie is still alive. Bernie is placed onto an ambulance, but his gurney slides away and falls off the boardwalk. Landing him directly behind Richard, Larry, and Gwen, who flee after discovering him. Eventually, a small child (who had previously mocked Richard and Larry) arrives and begins dumping buckets of sand over the corpse, burying Bernie.