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 ...
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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Life Is A Beach. 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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Karen Austin (Sandy Chester) was only 29 when the movie was filmed, and is less than 12 years older than Kerri Green, who played her daughter. See more »


Near the end of the boat race, the Barnacle is supposedly last. Yet, when they pick up speed from the unexpected wind, you can clearly see a boat behind them with a rainbow-colored spinnaker. This may or may not have been the Incisor from "future" scenes in the film. See more »


Jack Chester: Come on Hal. Can't you pull a few strings for me?
Hal: It's not on my hands. The agency gave you a mandatory five. Look Jack, you've been landing planes for 13 years. Face it, you're burned out. It's not a dirty word in this business. I'm telling you this as a friend, you need this rest.
Jack Chester: I can't believe they're doing this! Just because of a stinking fly.
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References Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) See more »


Written by Kenny Loggins & Dean Pitchford
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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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