Summer Rental


Summer Rental

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Canadian comic John Candy headlines this comedy playing an air-traffic controller in dire need of rest. Complying to his doctor's orders, he rents a luxury cabin on a supposedly secluded Florida beach and heads south with his family. Unfortunately, they discover that the travel agent duped them and that the cabin is but a shack located on a very public beach. Comical chaos ensues as Candy and his family try to make the best of things.


John Candy
as Jack Chester
Richard Crenna
as Al Pellet
Rip Torn
as Scully
Karen Austin
as Sandy Chester
Kerri Green
as Jennifer Chester
Joey Lawrence
as Bobby Chester
Aubrey Jene
as Laurie Chester
Richard Herd
as Angus MacLachan
Harry Yorku
as Pirate Musician
Bob Wells
as Stan Greene
Tanzia Franks
as Gardner's Daughter
Walter Franks
as Gardner's Son
Elyn Swofford
as Boat Rental Agent
Yvonne Cook
as Daughter
Robert Starr
as Thirsty Man
Bill Cordell
as Real Estate Agent
Barbara Wells
as Race Official
Dolores Starling
as Pellet's Wife
Leonard Altobell
as Race Official
Jerry Previch
as Lifeguard
Colin Male
as Sailboat Repairman
Peggy Shay
as Elderly Neighbor
Al Hesse
as Father
Sal Biagini
as Boy Friend
Tracey May
as Volleyball Girl
Robert Stout
as Man with Beard
Patricia Herd
as Photographer at Pier
Tina Burton
as Phone Lady
Murphy Dunne
as Announcer
Leigh French
as Announcer
Reni Santoni
as Announcer
Jack C. Woods
as Regatta Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Summer Rental

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (13)

Audience Reviews for Summer Rental

  • Aug 06, 2017
    This is a great family movie, John Candy is funny as always. This story is a bit predictable, but has a great family message. I will watch this over and over again, to me it is not disappointing.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2013
    It's juvenile, silly and flaws... but.. it's a comedy with John Candy! So, hey...give it one chance.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2013
    The family comedy Summer Rental delivers some good laughs and fun times, but it's completely forgettable. The story follows an air traffic controller who's forced to take a vacation, but the vacation turns out to be more trouble than it's worth as everything that can go wrong does go wrong. The cast includes John Candy, Karen Austin, Kerri Green, and Rip Torn, but they're stuck in stereotypical roles that prevent them from doing much. Predictable and formulaic, Summer Rental fails to distinguish itself from the run-of-the mill vacation comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2009
    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.
    Jason O Super Reviewer

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