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Summer Rental (1985)

John Candy , Richard Crenna , Carl Reiner  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Candy, Richard Crenna, Rip Torn, Karen Austin, Kerri Green
  • Directors: Carl Reiner
  • Writers: Jeremy Stevens, Mark Reisman
  • Producers: Bernie Brillstein, George Shapiro, Jeremy Stevens, Mark Reisman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2001
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059TES
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,367 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This routine comedy is about a series of misadventures during a family vacation at the beach and stars John Candy (who died of a heart attack while filming in Mexico in 1994) as John Chester and Karen Austin as his long-suffering wife Sandy. When the family leave for what turns out to be a pretty decrepit shack on a public beach, Jack eventually locks horns with the owner of this dubious piece of real estate, and their conflict terminates in a boat race in which Jack and his motley crew are at first glance, and even second, no match for the others in the race. In the meantime, there are plenty of skits with Jack dressed as anything from an ample, unintentional likeness of a geisha to the normal tourist dude in a Hawaiian shirt. His wife and daughter tackle their own problems, related to sex in one way or another, mostly another.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming & cute September 22, 2001
By Bectile
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This is one of my boyfriend's favorite movies and I have grown fond of it as well. It isn't the kind of movie that has you busting out laughing, but it puts a smile on your face and leaves you happy. The music is uplifting and the whole movie has a mellow tone, but I never considered it "slow" as some have.
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!!!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cut Scene February 12, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoy John Candy's movies and have copies of most of them. However, since I had seen "Summer Rental" at least twice, I was disappointed when upon viewing this copy, I became aware it had been edited. I know at least one scene was cut (The one involving their pet dog chewing the leg off the chair in the first beach cabin they moved into). I wish someone would develop a method of indicating whether a copy of a movie has been edited from the original release version.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING January 6, 2004
John Candy does an outstanding job in this movie, playing the part of Jack Chester, a burned out traffic controller who desperately needs a relaxing vacation. Too bad he doesn't get one!
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!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Family Film May 7, 2005
When John Candy had his moments, they were usually very good moments. Such is the case with "Summer Rental," where John Candy plays air traffic controller Jack Chester. As everyone knows, air traffic controllers lead a stressful life, and all Jack is looking forward to is getting away from it all.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable family film. February 1, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A great John Candy vehicle. While "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" satirised everything that can go wrong while travelling, "Summer Rental" satirises everything that can go wrong while on vacation - going to the wrong beachhouse, sunburn, crowded restaurants, hostile neighbours etc. The film is a pleasant, lightweight concoction which uses Candy's acting style to good advantage. Candy would later show more depth of character in better scripted films (Only The Lonely etc) but he's in fine form here also.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many edited scenes November 19, 2008
By Paulie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There were too many edited scenes that made this purchase a non value.
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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a soundtrack available?
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