Summer Rental [DVD]
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A stressed-out air traffic controller and his family endure a calamitous summer vacation.
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For me John Candy was the finest of the bunch, and is deserving of the highest of accolades.
One of his finest moments was trading comedy blows with Steve Martin in 'Planes Trains & Automobiles'. But for me it was the discovery of this little gem that certified my love of John Candy. The film sets up Candy as the fall guy, and it leaves him in situations where he is constantly getting the short end of the stick.
He gets hideously sun burned after falling asleep on the sun lounger, within the first few hours of arriving, thus having to spend the next few days of his holiday avoiding the sun, holed up in a kids paddling pool in the shade.
He also annoys the boating community when he accuses one of the residents of stealing his dinner. The phrase "YOU STOLE MY LOBSTER!" will forever draw a smile across my face. One of the films strengths is it's subtlety, unlike 'The Great Outdoors' it doesn't rely on huge bear attacks and slapstick water skiing, but instead relies upon the great comic ability of it's suffering star.
My only grip is that the end of the film does surrender the comedy for a grander Hollywood style closer, and that it also looks very much a film from the 80's (e.g. Big Hair and Bad Clothes). But this remains one of my favourite John Candy films.
It's strange but watching John Candy on screen takes you back to a time when comedies were just fun, now most comedies focus to heavily on box office success.
It had exactly what I was in the mood for- a feel good movie, good genuine laughs and of course the late great John Candy. However for the remainder of the film the film switched from a comedy to a drama and it felt as though a writer had been sacked halfway through production. The drama in the film consisted of Candy proving to his family that he wasn't just a bungling fool and that he would enter a sailing competition and win it- and be a man!
Utterly boring, predictable and pedantic. Remember that only refers to the second half of the film.
If you love comedies from the 80s and John Candy this could still be worth getting as the first half is close to comedy gold. The restaurant scene, the beach scene, the volleyball scene and the dog locking Candy out of the holiday home are brilliant. Candy's expressions and timing are perfect and I miss the big guy.
A keen eye will spot the underrated John Larroqette and Kerri Green only adds to the 80s vibe.
Alas Summer Rental has been too hyped up here, it certaintly has its moments, but fails for way to long without any laughter soon after.
The story is simple, sweet and delightful, we've all experienced part of it:
Stressed out dad takes the family on holiday....but the holiday does not go well.
One of the pure highlights of this film is watching Candy, stressed to boiling point, eat his breakfast as half of the world scramble noisly past his window to get to the beach. All he can utter is "what is this, what is THIS!".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great film, John Candy at his best as usual. The world is a sadder place without him.Published 7 months ago by Susan
I am sure I would really enjoy this film as it looks really funny from the picture. However it will not play on a European DVD player - American only, I should have read the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by S Attridge
Love the John Candy films his death was a great loss to film fans.Published 19 months ago by John Cater
I remember seeing this film once as a kid and loving it. For some reason they never show it on tv, shame because it's really funny. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2014 by Miss P H Spencer