Parents' Guide to

Weekend at Bernie's

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Irreverent dead-body comedy has plenty of iffy stuff.

Movie PG-13 1989 97 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Funny but sexual crude inuendos

LOL... was slapstick FUNNY. MY biggest complaint - as with most movies currently - SEXual innuendo - FOUL language - disturbed my mature comfort level and I don't want my children exposed to the 'F' word. Not our standard. No reason for such. Could have been equally funny without needing to be crude. Was well acted and funny.
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age 18+
Parents sould know that Weekend at bernies leads to All Bad language, All types of violence, a day Sex so they sould let them watch it if their 18 and up because it's TV-18.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (4):

When physical comedies work, as this one often does, you can forgive lapses in plot and credibility. Tweens and teens might enjoy watching Silverman and McCarthy mugging like silent movie actors in the effort to keep up with the stiff who's stealing every scene. And the stunts are cartoonish enough to assuage the ick factor that a more realistic approach would elicit.

Kiser and company are undeniably funny, which helps set a tone that undercuts any anxiety that bad guys with guns can sometimes engender. Plus, the killer here is probably too caricatured to pose any true menace. Funny -- very funny -- may trump worry here.

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