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Summer Rental (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 9 August 1985 (USA)
Jack Chester, a stressed air-traffic controller, takes his family on a beach vacation to Florida but is soon beset by problems, especially when an arrogant sailing champion shows up, who Jack challenges to a race.



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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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John Candy is about to face the most devastating experience known to man... the family vacation. See more »




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9 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aluga-se Para O Verão  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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: Don't serve those.
Al: What are you doing?
Jack Chester: These are my lobsters.
Al: Your lobsters?
Jack Chester: That's right you've got my table but you're not getting my lobsters.
Al: Oh and this is your table?
Jack Chester: [Slams his hands on the table] My table!
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References Rocky (1976) See more »


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A true classic

This movie is from a time that I sorely miss. It is about having a good time, and nothing else. There's no violence, no crude sexual comedy, just the legendary John Candy doing what he did best. Given, the music and clothing are extremely dated, but this is without a doubt the best feelgood lighthearted movie I've ever seen. All of the characters come together perfectly to tell us the tale of Jack Chester. One of the most memorable is Scully, the sailor/pirate. To this day, I see Scully whenever I see Rip Torn in any movie. This story just makes me feel good for days after I see it. John Candy is surely one of the best comics of the past 30 years, pulling this move together.

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