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Summer Rental


Carl Reiner (The Jerk) directed this tale of a family man who takes a vacation from sanity when he takes a lease on a Florida Summer Rental.

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- Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

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.

- stormyweather980, Friday, September 11, 2009

3 stars

A nice funny summer movie with John Candy and his family at a vacation resort and a memorable yaht race. It's lighthearted and fun.

- YosemiteSamFan, Monday, August 13, 2007

4 stars

What a loss John Candy was to the comedy world. One of the most likeable comedians ever, he didn't get his due respect until the likes of Uncle Buck, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. But before those days, he made this little gem about a stressed out dad that takes his family for a summer vacation in Florida where, of course, everything goes wrong. Candy has the perfect everyman quality that makes him instantly identifiable with anyone who's ever had a vacation go wrong. At the same time he struggles to make the most of it, and saves the summer for his family. The movie is filled with colorful supporting characters. Rambo's Richard Crenna is perfect as the stuck up local sailing celebrity that butts heads with Candy every step of the way. Rip Torn is hilarious as the local restaurant owner, who fancies himself a pirate, that becomes Candy's best friend. The movie isn't a laugh riot from beginning to end, but there is such a warm hearted vibe that runs through it, that it's impossible not to feel good while watching it. The Florida locations add to the good feelings, as the movie also manages to maintain a small town feel amid the oceanside vistas. There are many scenes of sailing, including a regatta at the end, that provide beautiful scenery away from shore. There are, however, many hilarious scenes. Candy's struggle with a leaky cooler on a crowded beach, sailing lessons that go wrong, a drunk game of darts, and many family situations that anyone can nod their head and say "Yep, been there." I really do miss John Candy. He was an immensly talented actor that was just hitting his stride, and reaping the rewards. Thankfully, he left us movies filled with smiles, like this one.

- moviefan1725, Sunday, September 7, 2008