Did you hear about the recent Weekend at Bernie’s-esque incident in which a man drove around Denver with his deceased friend in the back of the car and also ran up a bar tab on his account? Actually, the living friend (and driver), Robert Young, would like you to know that it was nothing like Weekend at Bernie’s, that really kind of awful concept for a movie. For one, Young thought his friend was drunk, not dead. For two, his friend owed him money and therefore he had fair use of the friend’s credit card. For three, it was all for much shorter than the time span portrayed in the movie, and yet, longer than the actual time it would take to watch the movie. Therefore, it was nothing like the movie.
Via the AP/MSNBC,
Young rejected comparisons to the plot of the 1989 movie Weekend at Bernie’s. He said the ordeal only lasted four hours, and insisted there was no comparison to the movie.
“It’s not a joking matter. He deserves better than that,” Young said.
Young is now facing charges including “abusing a corpse.” At his hearing today in Denver, he said that he acted the way he did because he didn’t want to believe his friend, Jeffrey Jarrett, was dead, and preferred to think he’d only passed out. Which, yes, we can find ourselves sort of wanting to believe, as much as Young must have wished to believe Jarrett were still alive.
Except for the part in which Young found Jarrett “unresponsive” at home, and went and got another friend, Mark Rubinson, with whom he got Jarrett out of bed and put him in Rubinson’s SUV. Or the part in which the Young and Rubinson went out on the town, leaving Jarrett in the back of the car but using his credit card to pay their tab. (However, after leaving that bar, they did call the cops and take Jarrett home before they went out to a strip club.)
Comparatively, in Weekend at Bernie’s, well, we’ll let one of the fine posters of IMDB say it:
Two young men are trying to make their way in a corporation. One on charm, the other on hard work. When they go to the president (Bernie) with a serious financial error on a printout, he pretends to be thrilled and invites them to his beach house for the weekend. He actually plans on having them killed. Bernie is also fooling around with the girlfriend of his mafia partner. When the partner has Bernie killed, the boys end up having to pretend Bernie is still alive as the frustrated hit man tries time and time again to complete the job.
Indeed, that sounds nothing like what happened with Young.
Unfortunately, we’re going to have to face the fact that really the only hanging out with a dead guy cultural touchstone/reference point we have in contemporary society is Weekend at Bernie’s, or, in a pinch, Weekend at Bernie’s 2. Which is just one of the many reasons you should call the cops immediately if you go over to your friend’s house and find him or her “unresponsive.” Because that is not a joking matter…unless his or her name is Bernie.