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Summer Rental (1985)

PG | | 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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Maitre D'
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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 »

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Aluga-se Para O Verão  »

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$5,754,259 (USA) (11 August 1985)

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$24,689,703 (USA)
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Trivia

Kerri Green, who played Jennifer Chester, dubbed Aubrey Jene, who portrayed Laurie Chester. As such, both sister characters were voiced by the same actress. As such, it is kind of ironic that Jennifer tells her little sister to "Stop saying everything I say!". One must wonder whether or not that dialogue was included as an inside joke. See more »

Goofs

When Richard Crenna's character buys the house that John Candy's character is renting for the summer he tears up Candy's check and says "I want you and your entire family out by Saturday, Midnight, or else...". When purchasing a property with a renter that has a legal contract, the purchaser of that property is legally obligated to honor all current rental/lease contracts. In this situation Crenna's only option is to honor the summer rental contract or he would be facing legal action. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Chester: Did they even say how many rooms they're are?
Jack Chester: It's three bedrooms and it's on the beach. That's all I know.
Sandy Chester: Well it was very nice of Hal to find the place.
Jack Chester: It was very nice of him to tell me that I'm cracking up.
Sandy Chester: You are not cracking up. You just need this rest.
Jack Chester: Rest? Didn't we just get back from Hawaii?
Sandy Chester: Jack, that was our honeymoon.
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References The Smurfs (1981) See more »

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Tangerine
Written by Johnny Mercer & Victor Schertzinger
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Feels like something's been cut out
12 May 2001 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

At 86 minutes and half a dozen subplots not being wrapped up or developed in any way at all. For example the subplot involving John Laroquette is never given the chance to become anything. His whole presence in the movie is totally pointless and I suspect there was a whole 'Candy's wife may be cheating on him' plot that was cut out because it just too similar Chase/D'Angelo in Vacation.

We never know what happens to Richard Crenna or Rip Torn after the Regatta and we never know how the rest of the Summer Rental went. It's like the writers knew there was no plot, chucked in this Regatta crap and thought that would be a good place to end the film when it's over. And what was wrong with the popcorn Candy and Crenna eat? I found that pretty weird.

Although I have already made comparisons to Vacation I still feel like this film is good enough without being a copycat movie. It's seems more realistic and doesn't have any slapstick humor. Candy feels more like a real guy who needs a real vacation. We want him to relax but still can't help laughing when everything goes wrong. My fave scene is when he returns home to find it transformed into some kind of free-for-all Funhouse.

But for a film set in Florida there is a huge lack of nice scenery and the photography isn't so cool. I wonder why Kerri Green (who starred in The Goonies the same year) never made another mainstream movie tho. Joey Laurence did so why not her?

If you like comedies, but hate the scatological humor that most present day comedies have, then this is a good enough escape. I miss John Candy and wish he made more movies before he died.


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