Summer Rental (1985)

PG   |    |  Comedy

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An overworked air-traffic controller takes his family on a beach vacation but is soon beset by series of mishaps.




  • Tom Blackwell and Kerri Green in Summer Rental (1985)
  • Richard Crenna in Summer Rental (1985)
  • John Candy and Richard Crenna in Summer Rental (1985)
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  • John Candy in Summer Rental (1985)
  • Joey Lawrence in Summer Rental (1985)

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13 September 2003 | dtucker86
Long live the Candyman!!
John Candy stands alone as one of our true comic geniuses. I was so saddened when he passed away so young. He left the world a truly sadder place. We were all robbed of a priceless national treasure. This man was a true comic giant, but he was also a fine actor. He made you CARE about the characters that he played. John reminded me of Charlie Chaplain in so many ways. Chaplain could make an audience laugh and cry without using one single word. John Candy did that in Planes Trains And Automobiles and it was one of the finest acting jobs that I have ever seen in a movie. Lee Strassburg would have been so proud. Its in the scene where Steve Martin bawls him out in a motel room, he tells him basically what a pain in the ass he is. There is a hurt look on John's face that I will never forget as long as I live. He made you FEEL the hurt and the pain in his heart. John Candy lost his father at an early age and was haunted by that death all of his life. I guess it is true that some of our greatest comics have tears in their hearts. In Summer Rental John gives what I would consider one of his "typical" performances. He is a loving family man who just decides to get away from it all. Richard Crenna and Rip Torn are both wonderful character actors and both give Candy able support. I can tell that everyone who made this film had a ball doing it. It sure comes through in the finished product. Carl Reiner is a true giant of comedy and I am so glad that he directed this film. He and Candy worked so well that it is a shame that they never made another film together. This is one of those films that doesn't carry an important social message, the idea is that you should just leave your brain and social conscience at the door of the cinema and just relax and have a good time watching a true comic giant at work. I truly believe in my heart that John was one of God's gifts who was put here to make us laugh. Considering the current state of our world and the current state of "comedy", almost 10 years after his untimely death, I think we need John Candy now more then ever before.

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This was not the first time that actors John Candy, John Larroquette and Lois Hamilton (the woman who played the Chesters' next door neighbor - and kept showing everyone her newly implanted breasts) have worked on a film together. They all appear in the comedy Stripes (1981).


Vicki: I just made some fresh lemonade. Why don't you come on over and have some?
Jack Chester: Oh, no.
Vicki: Oh, come on!
Jack Chester: No. I wouldn't want to impose.
Vicki: Impose! What are neighbors for? Come on.


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.

Crazy Credits

Pictures of the family are shown during end credits

Alternate Versions

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.


Axel F
Written by
Harold Faltermeyer


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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,754,259 11 August 1985

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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