Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman, as a pair of good buddy doofuses, do what they can with the paperweight material, but there's not much an actor can do when he's consistently being upstaged by an inanimate corpse. For his part, longtime character actor Terry Kiser does a pretty amazing job of "playing dead" -- and this guy takes a lot of pratfalls and potshots without batting an eye.
Taken as sort of a "guilty pleasure" or nostalgia-based favorite, Weekend at Bernie's delivers some off-kilter charm and a half-decent parcel of giggles, but there's not much here that's worth remembering once the end credits begin to roll. There are a few jokes that hit home quite successfully, but at 98 minutes you'll probably be looking forward to this weekend's big finale. But make sure you avoid the sequel at all costs. Weekend at Bernie's is high-concept stupidity all the way, but it's Citizen freakin' Kane compared to the stunning awfulness that is Weekend at Bernie's 2.