Summer Rental (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  9 August 1985 (USA)
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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... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Chester
Aubrey Jene ...
Santos Morales ...
Vicki Sanders
Carmine Caridi ...
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Hal (as Frank McCarthy)
Pierrino Mascarino ...
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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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John Candy is about to face the most devastating experience known to man... the family vacation. See more »


Comedy | Romance


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9 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Aluga-se Para O Verão  »

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The movie in the USA was originally classified with a PG-13 rating but after cuts done during further editing were made the film was then re-classified with a PG rating. See more »


(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 how did the Chester family get into the house without the correct key? It's unlikely that the houses were keyed alike. See more »


Jack Chester: Where's Angus with that sail? There's only two more shopping days left.
Scully: He's searching the entire coast for it. I'm sure he'll find it.
Jack Chester: How can you be so sure?
Scully: If he don't, I'll kill him.
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References National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) See more »


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Candy is dandy!
7 August 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"Summer Rental" is a very pleasant comedy vehicle from director Carl Reiner and star John Candy. Candy stars as Jack Chester, an air traffic controller under alot of stress. His boss tells him he needs some time off from his job. So he packs up his family and heads for Florida hoping to have the time of their lives. But it doesn't go exactly that way, especially for Candy. He experiences about as much stress vacationing as he does at work. The funniest part of "Summer Rental" is the opening 5 minutes, with Candy exhibiting the kind of stress that causes his superiors to suggest a vacation. This part is a riot, and the movie is very funny for the first half. The film loses a little of its comic edge in the second half, when Candy takes up sailing and tries to win a bet against one of the locals, an obnoxious yachtsman played gamely by Richard Crenna. The second half still has some funny moments, but not as much as in the first half. Still, "Summer Rental" is a nice little movie, with the late John Candy giving one of his better leading performances. Karen Austin is very good as Candy's supportive wife Sandy; a very young Joey Lawrence (several years before "Blossom", back when he was starring on Nell Carter's '80s sitcom "Gimme A Break!") shines as Candy's son Bobby; Rip Torn is somewhat amusing as Scully, owner of a local restaurant on a boat who becomes Candy's good friend; and "Night Court's" John Larroquette also makes an appearence in a bit part. "Summer Rental" is one of director Reiner's better films, and it gets to show off Candy's considerable comic talents that are sorely missed today.

*** (out of four)

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