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Summer Rental (1985)




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Canadian comic John Candy headlines this comedy playing an air-traffic controller in dire need of rest. Complying to his doctor's orders, he rents a luxury cabin on a supposedly secluded Florida beach and heads south with his family. Unfortunately, they discover that the travel agent duped them and that the cabin is but a shack located on a very public beach. Comical chaos ensues as Candy and his family try to make the best of things.

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John Candy
as Jack Chester
Richard Crenna
as Al Pellet
Rip Torn
as Scully
Karen Austin
as Sandy Chester
Kerri Green
as Jennifer Chester
Joey Lawrence
as Bobby Chester
Aubrey Jene
as Laurie Chester
Richard Herd
as Angus MacLachan
Harry Yorku
as Pirate Musician
Bob Wells
as Stan Greene
Tanzia Franks
as Gardner's Daughter
Walter Franks
as Gardner's Son
Elyn Swofford
as Boat Rental Agent
Yvonne Cook
as Daughter
Robert Starr
as Thirsty Man
Bill Cordell
as Real Estate Agent
Barbara Wells
as Race Official
Dolores Starling
as Pellet's Wife
Leonard Altobell
as Race Official
Jerry Previch
as Lifeguard
Colin Male
as Sailboat Repairman
Peggy Shay
as Elderly Neighbor
Al Hesse
as Father
Sal Biagini
as Boy Friend
Tracey May
as Volleyball Girl
Robert Stout
as Man with Beard
Patricia Herd
as Photographer at Pier
Tina Burton
as Phone Lady
Murphy Dunne
as Announcer
Leigh French
as Announcer
Reni Santoni
as Announcer
Jack C. Woods
as Regatta Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Summer Rental

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

"Summer Rental" is the kind of movie that could make you wish you had poison ivy -- at least the scratching would occupy your mind.

January 3, 2018 | Full Review…

If nose picking, belching, farting, and vomiting make you laugh. Summer Rental will prove to be a refreshing knee slapper.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Between the script, which is awful, and the direction, which is lackluster, Candy and the others in front of the cameras don't have much of a chance.

March 26, 2020 | Full Review… entirely forgettable endeavor that'd hardly be worth mentioning were it not for Candy's energetic performance.

January 8, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A slight family vacation comedy.

May 11, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

A mediocre, predictable comedy.

August 21, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Summer Rental


It's juvenile, silly and flaws... but.. it's a comedy with John Candy! So, hey...give it one chance.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

"This has to be one of my favorite John Candy films. I have many. He's a big favorite of mine. While on a forced vacation with his family, Jack becomes fast enemies with the towns sailing legend Al. When Al seeks out to ruin Jack and his families vacation, Jack decides to get back at Al by entering the sailing competition to win the trophy that Al has won for many, many years. A lot of hilarity happens inbetween all of this with lots of laughs that the entire family would enjoy. I love these great comedies from the 80's. They were just so easy and didn't try so hard. See it if you get the chance."


Super Reviewer

Jack Chester (John Candy) takes his family to the beach on a summer vacation resort in Florida. While on this vacation, Mr. Chester and his family will encounter tough times, make new friends, and much more. All of these events have something in common: They're hilarious! While I was watching "Summer Rental," I could tell that it just had an average script and that in all ways it should've just been an average movie, but John Candy's hilarious antics make this one a keeper for comedy fans. There are many different parts of "Summer Rental" that you'll always remember once you see them such as when an attractive woman asks John Candy for an honest opinion, and when Candy goes on the beach for the first time and tries to avoid many obstacles. Not only is "Summer Rental" hilarious, it also has other redeeming qualities such as the adventure that Mr. Chester (John Candy) and his family go on close to the end of the film. To make it short, if you like hilarious comedy movies, I definitely recommend getting "Summer Rental." You'll want to keep this movie for more than just a rental. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. John Candy's an all-time great.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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