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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.

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2 September 2003 | MovieAddict2016
Harmless Guilty Pleasure...
The type of movie you can watch once a year and never get tired of. Typical John Candy film. Why did he always get mediocre scripts, save the John Hughes films? Was Hughes the only director who saw his talent? Either way, Candy rises above the material and makes the film fun to watch, but not necessarily a great film by any means. Great line regarding "The Smurfs."

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Did You Know?


The make and model of the Chester family car (which trailered a U-Haul), was a creme-top, brown-body 1979 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Luxury sedan.


Jack Chester: Do you have a dustpan or something?
Dan Gardner: You can just leave it sir.
Jack Chester: Good idea, because you might have a guest this summer and they have a dog and this is excellent stuff.


After kicking out the guy watching the "Smurfs", the cigarettes on the bed change positions between shots while the dog is laying in bed next to them.

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.


Written by
Kenny Loggins & Dean Pitchford


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