Bernie Lomax from Weekend at Bernie's
Ask me what my favorite 80’s movie about two guys who go to their bosses
beach house for the weekend only to discover he’s dead and the two guys
have to spend the entire weekend pretending he’s alive by maneuvering
his corpse like a marionette is, and I will always say:
WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S.
Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman star in this 1989 gem that Siskel
and Ebert hated but I along with many others, hate to admit I loved.
In the film they play Larry and Richard, best friends who work together at
an insurance company. When Larry and Richard think they done good by
uncovering a two-million-dollar error they excitedly share the news with
their boss Bernie (the perfect Terry Kiser) who rewards them with a
weekend at his swanky beach house.
When they arrive they find Bernie dead (offed my a mafia hit man,
naturally) and discover that Bernie had been the one embezzling money
from the company. So Larry and Richard do what two guys in an 80’s movie
about a dead boss would do - they don’t call the police and pretend he
is still alive.
A ton of visual jokes ensue, Bernie falls off buildings, gets thrown off a
moving speedboat and even gets lucky.
I was fortunate enough to play Tina, Bernie’s girlfriend in a stage
production of the Oscar winning film (kidding.) Look at the awesome 80’s
costume I got to wear:
But the real star of the show is Bernie. You can join the dead man’s party
and dress as none other than Bernie Lomax this Halloween. Here’s what
Here is Bernie from the movie poster, in his signature look:
And here’s our Bernie:
Pretty good right? You can do it too!
Bonus points if you get yourself a Larry and Richard to hang around with
you for the evening and make you wave at pretty girls with a pulley
Just be careful and don’t go flying off of any speedboats.
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.