|SUMMER RENTAL (director: Carl Reiner; screenwriter: Jeremy Stevens/Mark Reisman; cinematographer: Ric Waite; editor: Bud Molin; music: Alan Silvestri ; cast: John Candy (Jack Chester), Rip Torn (Scully), Richard Crenna (Al Pellet), Karen Austin (Sandy Chester), Richard Herd (Angus MacLachlan), Kerri Green (Jennifer Chester), Joseph Lawrence (Bobby Chester), Aubrey Jane (Laurie Chester), Lois Hamilton (Vicki), John Laroquette (Don Moore); Runtime: 87; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: George Shapiro ; Paramount Pictures; 1985)|
family vacation comedy."
by Dennis Schwartz
family vacation comedy. Carl Reiner ("All
of Me"/"The Jerk") directs
in a most gentle way, but
elicits few laughs.
The screenplay by Jeremy
Stevens and Mark Reisman is inert.
Chester (John Candy) is
the stressed-out air traffic controller
taken on a Florida beach vacation by his loving
wife (Karen Austin)
along with his children (Kerri Green,
Jane) and pet dog. The family rents a
little beach cottage. But the desired restful vacation
turns into a nightmare when the accident-prone patriarch
runs his rental boat into the yacht of Captain Al
(Richard Crenna), a local champion racer yachtsman.
Soon the angry Captain Al inherits the beach
house when the former landlord suddenly dies, and he
gives the family the boot. Jack
thereby challenges Al in the regatta race, a race Al
has won the last 9 years, with the stipulation if he
wins, he can stay an extra two weeks, rent free, and
if he loses, he pays the rent and exits.
was on pins and needles
wondering who would win the race.
Torn plays Candy's main ally, a pirate restaurant
owner who teaches him how to sail.
REVIEWED ON 5/7/2017 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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