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I do have one issue with this movie, for which the lack of information is driving me crazy:
Am I the only person in the world to notice that there are scenes deleted from the pay channel, VHS and DVD versions? If you watch it on basic cable there are several scenes NOT found in the "uncut" (no commercials) versions:
1) On the drive down to Florida, they have fast food in the car, and feed the dog Archie the onion rings, who then has terrible gas
2) When they are in the wrong rental house the dog is continually shown chewing on the legs of the couch instead of the bones he is being offered by John Candy
3) Right after they leave the wrong house and the rightful owners sigh with relief, the couch falls over as a result of the dog chewing on the legs (they break)
Does Columbia Pictures have something against this dog? I thought those scenes added to the enjoyment of the film! I have purchased and returned the VHS and DVD versions, each time excited to be able to see the entire movie uncut.
If you're reading this, powers that can, please release a special edition with ALL the scenes!!!
Taking his family to Florida, he does not know the cabin he has rented is right next door to a public walk leading to the beach.
Living in Florida, I certainly know how busy those walks can be, and that only heightened the laughter for me, as Jack had to deal with 'walkers' everyday, who wanted a glass of water or to use the bathroom. Good Lord!
Add to that a budding teenage daughter, a neighbor who wants to show off her new 'breasts' and rich jerks who think they own the Florida beaches (oh yes,I have seen them as well).
This all adds up to a great movie, one that you will watch time and time again. Outstanding!
We can tell from the outset that getting away is going to be difficult. Children Jennifer (Kerri Green, who starred the same year in "Goonies" and the following year in "Lucas") and Bobby (Joey or Joseph Lawrence) are fighting in the car during the trip to the beach. Once at the beach things get difficult. Their stuckup landlord does not like either Jack or his family, and tries to boot them out. Jack thinks he is going to get killed when pretty neighbor Vicki Sanders (Lois Hamilton) asks him to feel how real her augmentation is and husband Ed (Carmine Caridi) walks in. Fortunately Vicki has been doing that a lot and Ed takes it in stride. However, clutzy Jack also ends up breaking a leg. With all this action it seems that things are unable to get worse, which means they do.
Al Pellet (Richard Crenna) has agreed to race them, in a regatta. If they win the race they can stay in the rental. If they lose, they must leave. At long last the Chester family pulls together, with help from Scully (Rip Torn) and a bizarre crew. The group turns a restaurant into a real ship, barely making the race in time.
The joy of this movie is the last half hour. There are short moments where the movie slows a bit, but in general the pace in the last half hour is quick. In light comedies of this type, it is the ending where all the issues are resolved and everyone, except for the jerks, come out ahead.
John Candy generally ends up as the straight man in this movie.Read more ›
1. When driving to the beach, an edited car scene.
2. When arriving at the first beach house, an edited upstairs foyer scene.
3. When in the first beach house, the dog chewing on the sofa leg and the collapse of the sofa.
4. The fabulous boobs scene.
All these scenes were cut out, and when combined, they only add a minute or so longer to the movie.
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I enjoyed this movie with my family, i love 80s movies with John Candy.Published 5 days ago by Quan Pham
A great family movie you may never have heard of, and one that you will watch over again for years to come. Enjoy it, feel good happy ending...for young teenagers to grandpa!Published 25 days ago by Pianoman