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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 ...
Pirate Musician


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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9 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aluga-se Para O Verão  »

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Karen Austin and John Larroquette, who both appear in this film, co-starred together on the eventual hit television series Night Court (1984). Larroquette was still on the show and was still filming episodes while this movie was in production and Austin's character on the show was eventually replaced by actor Charles Robinson for the second season. See more »


During the race, Jack says the sailboat in front of them has 'stolen their wind'. Technically, that is a racing term for someone BEHIND you who has gotten between the wind and your sail, effectively blocking your wind. It's also a racing strategy. But it is impossible for someone to steal your wind from in front of you. See more »


Jack Chester: I love you Scully. That's not the booze talkin' either.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »


Written by Frank Loesser & Louis Alter
Performed by Carl Reiner
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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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