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
John Candy is about to face the most devastating experience known to man... the family vacation.
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Did You Know?
The Bob made famous from Big Chuck & Hoolihan makes two brief appearances in the film. See more
When the Barnacle is gaining on the other sailboats, you can clearly see a water jet from the starboard (right) side of the boat, which indicates the engine is running, even though the boat is supposedly under sail. See more
[everybody is walking by the window in the Chester's house
Excuse me! Why are you people going through here
[a fat man belches and points to a sign that says "Public Beach Access"
[to the crowds
Come on thru. I'm Joe Public, welcome to my beach.