Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.
Freddy the gym teacher has to teach remedial English in summer (high) school, if he wants tenure. As he can only teach gym and his students want fun, emphasis is on "field trips" - until he's fired unless all his students pass the test.
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
First of two consecutive films directed by comedy director Carl Reiner that featured the word "Summer" in the title. The second would be Reiner's 1987 pic Summer School (1987) made and released about two years after 1985's Summer Rental (1985). Both movies were produced by the Paramount Pictures studio. See more »
During the middle of the movie when Jack is shown sleeping his hangover off after a night of drinking with Scully, he has an earring in his right ear. However, during the final scene when Jack's boat (the barnacle) is passing Mr Pellet's boat we see a close up of Jacks face in which his earring is in his left ear. See more »
There are many scenes that were cut from the movie that mostly dealt with the development of John Candy's character and the family before the vacation. There is about 5 minutes snipped out of the first 15-20 min of the film. They include:
Jack Chester pulling over to the side of the highway, telling the kids that the car is not moving until he has five seconds of silence.
Also on the way to Citrus Cove, Florida, they get fast food. The dog farts at this time, causing the family to stick their heads out the window.
When they arrive at the "wrong" house, they shows snips here and there through the course of their stay of Archie "the dog" chewing the leg off the couch.
Then, after Jack Chester unloads the trailer, there is another deleted scene involving Bobby and Jennifer about who gets the color TV.
Also, before they leave the house, Dan Gardner, "the owner" of the wrong house, they are staying at tells them that it is their house and not the Chesters', you see both of their expressions as to what they are felling at that moment when he and Jack Chester are in disagreement.
When the family leaves to go to the right house, Jack Chester says, "Have a nice summer". Following that, the two owners that own the house laugh and the couch breaks (a result of Archie's gnawing on the couch leg) and they fall backwards.
Finally, the scene where they arrive at the Barnacle for their dinner, there is a scene added to fill in for the edited scene where Laurie says, "This place sucks," instead of showing that they added a very brief scene of Rip Torn's character "Scully" approaching their table.
I saw SUMMER RENTAL on cable one night and thought that it was pretty funny so I decided to rent it. I laughed even more the second time then I did the first. I have not bought it yet, but I'm planning on it. John Candy is really great in this movie and it's not too crude or vulgar like most comedies from the 1980's are. Infact, this is actually one of the better comedies from the 1980's.
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