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Summer Rental (1985)
I love the Flyswatter!
Beware of nose picking kids at your window!! I honestly played that part back several times where J Candy fly swats the window where the kid appears. I can imagine WC Fields doing something similar. I think this movie falls far short of something like P, T & A (truly a piece of comic masterpiece and one of my all time faves); and it does accomplish much with being crass or sexually offensive. That whole 80's montage bit with the family repairing the boat to some 80's song sort of starts the bile rising, however. After reading on IMDb that J Candy was truly one of the nicest/most genuine men in Hollywood makes me feel the loss of his early demise all the more.
Sellers in a prequel, Date Seen 12-30-2004
Interesting that Sellers next Kubrick film was Dr Strangelove, where he also played multiple characters. The acting in this film was awesome, Mason especially shined as the neurotic/obsessed middle aged man. Hard to fathom that Shelly Winters was once relatively thin and attractive. I always pictured her as the fat woman on the Poseidon Adventure who has a heart attack and dies. I couldn't help but notice the similarity between the sunglasses that Lyone wears and the sunglasses that were later used by the young nymphet in the movie "The Crush" which obviously must tip it's hat to it's predecessor. I think the subject matter was handled much better by American Beauty, but then again I am highly partial to that movie. Probably all of us middle aged men can somewhat identify with the character Mason portrays, we just choose to do nothing about it. Middle aged crisis didn't get a name for no reason. Men, like women, will do anything to convince themselves that they are still attractive, and age is not an issue.