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Summer Rental (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 9 August 1985 (USA)
An overworked air-traffic controller takes his family on a beach vacation but is soon beset by series of mishaps.

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Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to regain his pride and family's respect. Written by Rob Hartill

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Life Is A Beach. See more »

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Aluga-se Para O Verão  »

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First leading role for Canadian actor-comedian John Candy in a sole American Hollywood production. This does not count Going Berserk (1983) which was a US-Canada co-production but which was mostly a Canadian enterprise. See more »

Goofs

(at around 21 mins) When the Gardener family comes to the house in the middle of the night, Jack Chester shows him the receipt for 415 Beach Road. The house turns out to be 415 Beach Lane. An Honest mistake, but the Chester family got into the house by finding a key in the mailbox? It's unlikely the Gardener's would leave a key in the mailbox if they were coming to stay in the house since they had a key to gain entry with them. See more »

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Jack Chester: [Jack has spilled a huge bag of dog food all over the floor and is trying to clean it up] Do you have a dustpan or something?
Dan Gardner: You can just leave it sir.
Jack Chester: Good idea, because you might have a guest this summer and they have a dog and this is excellent stuff.
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References City for Conquest (1940) See more »

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'Love Boat' Theme
Written by Charles Fox & Paul Williams
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A Good John Candy Film
23 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Though this film could easily be classified as a slob comedy, similar to so many that were made during that time, and Candy was prolific as an actor in many of those films, there's one moment in this film where it rises high above the typical slob comedies of it's era. John Candy is despondent about his chances in a yacht race, and tells his daughter "You can't win them all". Daughter responds, "But winning one would be nice, huh Dad?". Candy responds with perfect timing "Yes, (perfect pause) winning one would be nice". At this moment in the film you feel all the pain ever felt by anyone who ever wanted to win just one time and show the world they could. He knows his limits and accepts them, but this one time wants to rise above them and prove his worth.

Candy is an overstressed air traffic controller who takes an enforced vacation with his family, and has a summer of things go wrong. The filmmakers resisted the temptation to engage in an overly cute family, and just allowed the actors to play a fairly typical family. Candy, who rarely played a family man, handles the role very well, bringing a realism to the role of the father. Though not on anyone's Oscar list, this movie is worth the time it takes to see it.


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