Summer Rental (1985, Carl Reiner)
An overworked air-traffic controller takes his family on a beach vacation but is soon beset by series of mishaps.
Mishaps is correct! Don’t worry, if you want a movie that has all of the quintessential, cheesy, summer doofus moves, then this is the movie for you! If you don’t want to watch a garbage movie, well then, keep looking! I really wanted to like this movie, but alas, it just was not turning my crank. It is unfortunate because I really like John Candy and Carl Reiner.
I love love love John Candy! He always plays the loveable idiot in movies, but in ‘Summer rental’, his character, Jack, is just kind of an asshole! I get that he wants a nice vacation, but he does not seem to handle set backs very well. He just seems angry all of the time. It is a very different role than any of the others he has played, in which he may get angry but the fact that he does nothing and lets people get away with everything makes him the, “big hearted buffoon” that IMDB states. His characters in ‘who’s Harry Crumb’, ‘Uncle Buck’, ‘Delirious’, and ‘the great outdoors’ always seem to be in second place, but yet they come out the winner because they do not give up, which is true with Jack, but they seem not be a true dick deep down. I don’t trust Jack. Something shifty about this guy. I think that it is because he is a buffoon, but does not apologize for any of his buffoonery.
John Candy was Canadian, and unfortunately his last film was ‘Canadian bacon’, which he ironically had a heart attack after making, and then subsequently died. Very tragic.
Carl Reiner, is still alive! According to Wikipedia his career has spanned almost seven decades! That is pretty impressive! He directed one of my all-time fav movies, ‘the jerk’ with Steve Martin. You should definitely check that one out!!
The mishaps in this movie are classic. You got the guys ogling the beach babes running, the massive sunburn on the first day, and the smarmy rich asshole sailor guy who steals your table at a seafood restaurant. Classic!
Turns out this asshole sailor guy hates the summer renters, or as we called them back home, “tourpests”. Of course, the house that they move into and think they have rented from a friend turns out to be on the wrong street. The actual house is awful, and the landlord is the asshole sailor guy. Classic!
In true buffoon fashion, Jack decides that he will learn how to sail, and then challenges the landlord in the local regatta. If they win then they get to stay in the house, of course the rental period was only for a month?! Not sure if they are staying longer, maybe I missed that part.
Anyways, they win the regatta by pulling a couple stunts, like throwing all of the frozen food in the freezer off the boat, which is littering and does not provide a very moral lesson about how to win a regatta. Jack also takes off his pants to use as a sail. Classic sailing tactic!
To be honest, I didn’t really like this movie. I had such high hopes! Not sure I would recommend it. This movie felt like a lame version of ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’. There are better “summer fun” movies out there, and hopefully I will watch some of them! You don’t even see any boobs! What is the point?! If boobs aren’t seen in a summer movie is it a summer movie????
Quotable: “He is a life guard, they are all sex maniacs! Right now each of his gonads are screaming “me first”!
‘Summer Rental’ receives 2 boobs out of a possible 5.