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Summer Rental (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  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 ...
Ed Sanders
Hal (as Frank McCarthy)
Pierrino Mascarino ...
Maitre D'
Harry Yorku ...
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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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The make and model of the Chester family car which trailered a U-Haul, according to the IMCDb, was a creme-top brown-body 1979 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Luxury sedan. See more »


When the regatta race begins, the shots on the Barnacle change to Laurie asking Sandy: "Mommy can I play in the basement with Yorku"? The voice however is not of Laurie, but instead is Jennifer making a young child voice. See more »


Jack: Get the hell out of here now!
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Fat Man: Yeah.
Jack: Did you see the one where Papa Smurf took a crutch and smashed the shit out of a guy with a red hat? Did you see that one? You want to see that one? (Fat Man runs away.)
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John Candy and Carl Reiner: what could be a better combo?
12 August 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

For most of his career, John Candy played a bunch of rather silly roles that - while they were completely goofy - were great nevertheless. "Summer Rental" is one such role. Candy plays overworked air traffic controller Jack Chester, who takes his family on vacation in Florida. Naturally, it ends up being not as much of a vacation as they hoped. Finally, Jack and his family decide to take one last chance to restore their dignity.

I will admit that "Summer Rental" is pretty much a big excuse to be silly, but you gotta love it. This is John Candy doing what he does best. It's really too bad that he died; he really had a good track record.

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