Plot: What’s it about?
Just when it seemed like their adventures with the corpse were over, best friends Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman) need old Bernie’s assistance once again, even though he’s still dead, of course. The insurance company claims that a missing sum of two million dollars was stolen by the two buddies, so unless they can track down that cash, they’ll never get their jobs back or clear their innocent names. But as Bernie (Terry Kiser) is the sole person who knows the location of the missing funds, that means that not only are the boys after him, but also the cartel he used to run the greenbacks with. A couple of the cartel members hire a voodoo priest to re-animate Bernie’s corpse, but the spell is messed up somehow and as a result, Bernie can only move toward the treasure when he hears music. As time starts to run out and the chase is on, who will end up with the riches, and who will end up dead in the water?
The two dopes and their dead boss are back again, although no one is quite sure why this sequel was ever made. This is pretty much a rehash in all respects, but the methods used to keep old Bernie looking fresh are humorous, as expected. Most of the gags were played out in the first film also, but if you like this kind of stuff, you’ll laugh the second time around too. I just can’t get enough of the concept of a corpse being manipulated by two buffoons, so I laughed my fool head off, even in the pathetic moments. Yes, this is a dumb comedy in every sense of the word, complete with often poor dialogue and endless predictable jokes. But if you’re in the right mood, the stuff works well enough and provides a decent diversion, as your brain can rest throughout Weekend at Bernie’s II. Jonathan Silverman (Tv’s The Single Guy) and Andrew McCarthy (St. Elmo’s Fire) both reprise their lead roles, while Terry Kiser (Side Out) returns as Bernie, the lovable stiff. This won’t win any new fans to the series, but if you’re a fan of the first film, then of course, you should be pleased here, as it is more of the same antics.
Video: How does it look?
Weekend at Bernie’s II is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with a full frame edition included on the disc’s flip side. I had hoped for a nice, solid visual effort here and as per usual, Columbia has supplied the goods. The source print has minimal blemishes to discuss, although some light grain is evident in some of the darker moments. The colors have held up rather well, with bright and natural hues, while flesh tones seem accurate also. I have no complaints about the contrast either, as detail is high throughout and black levels are well balanced, without fail. This is not a reference level transfer, but it looks good and should please fans.
Audio: How does it sound?
A 2.0 surround track is used here and it is more than adequate, given the dialogue driven nature of the feature. The tropical music sometimes leaks into the surrounds, but aside from that, not too much action in the rears to mention. Even so, the mix never seems thin in the least, as the material is very well represented. The vocals are crystal clear at all times and no volumes issues arise, a more than solid audio treatment, I think. This disc also includes subtitles in English and Spanish, should you need those options.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer.