Summer Rental

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Summer Rental
Summer rental.jpg
Summer Rental movie poster
Directed by Carl Reiner
Produced by George Shapino
Written by Mark Reisman
Jeremy Stevens
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Ric Waite
Edited by Bud Molin
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • August 9, 1985 (1985-08-09)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $24,689,703 (USA)

Summer Rental is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Carl Reiner and starring John Candy. The film's screenplay was written by Mark Reisman and Jeremy Stevens. An original music score was composed for the film by Alan Silvestri.

Plot summary[edit]

Overworked air-traffic controller Jack Chester is given four weeks off, as an alternative to being fired after nearly causing a mid-air collision on the job. He uses this time off to take his wife Sandy and children Jennifer, Bobby, and Laurie on a summer vacation from the Atlanta area to the fictitious Gulf Coast resort town of Citrus Cove, Florida, where they are constantly beset by a never-ending barrage of problems. First they move into the wrong house by mistake, then Jack receives a leg injury that prevents him from spending time with his family.

The family ends up in a decrepit shack on a public beach in Florida, with a constant stream of vacationers tromping through. Jack locks horns with pompous local sailing champion Al Pellet, who becomes the owner of this dubious piece of real estate after the previous owner passes away. Jack gives Al the check for $1,000 to cover the rent for the next two weeks but Al, who despises Jack, tears up the check and orders the Chesters to leave the house when their first two weeks expire or he'll throw them out, personally.

To avoid an early eviction, Jack challenges Al to a race at the upcoming Citrus Cove Regatta: If Al wins, Jack will pay him the $1,000 rent and take his family home; if Jack wins, he keeps the money and earns the right to stay in the house for two weeks rent-free. Al scoffs at the notion that Jack could ever defeat him in a race, but accepts the challenge. However, Jack hasn't sailed for many years and doesn't even have a boat. Scully, a local saloon keeper with a pirate's mentality, befriends Jack and volunteers to help him on both counts.

The bored Chesters come to life by helping Jack make his new vessel seaworthy. This motley crew is at first no match for Al or anybody else in the race, but tossing useless garbage overboard, a strong breeze and a large pair of pants enable Jack to enjoy a victory at sea.

Main cast[edit]


Jimmy Buffett's "Turning Around" plays during the closing credits. It is also played when the Chesters are fixing up the Barnacle. The movie soundtrack is the only place to find this song, and also YouTube.

In 2014 Alan Silvestri's score was released on a limited edition album by Quartet Records, twinned with his music for Critical Condition.


Summer Rental was filmed in St. Pete Beach, near St. Petersburg, Florida. Several local landmarks can be seen throughout the movie, including the St. Petersburg Pier during the final leg of the Regatta. Other landmarks include the old drawbridge on US19/I-275 north of the old Sunshine Skyway, as well as shots of Egmont Key in the distance.

Comedic lines[edit]

The film is the origin for many comedic lines:

  • "Oh you just got into town? Well I've been in town for thirty years. Thirty years. And every summer you goddamn renters come down here, and you think you can take over the whole town, well you can't. BOIL THEM!" - Captain Al Pellet, at the Yacht House.
  • "Your wife's on my Wham-o." -Jack at the beach trying to retrieve a frisbee from a kissing couple.
  • "Oh yeah, those are fun for the whole family."- Jack to the neighbors who show off the wife's new "enlargement" to everyone.
  • "You shouldn't be cookin on the beach, it's illegal." - Jack after his leaky cooler put out a lady's grill on the beach.
  • Oh and this is YOUR TABLE? Oh I see...this is YOUR TABLE...and these are YOUR lobsters? And I suppose this is YOUR wife? Is this YOUR tie? Is this your shirt? IS this your belt? Are these your shorts? TAT-TAT-TAT-TAT." - Capt. Al Pellet in response to Jack protesting over Pellet and his party taking what would've been Jack's table and then taking the last lobsters from the tank.
  • "You put a hole in my boat!" says Pellet. "I was on the starboard tack! I had the right of way!" Chester replies, "I got a kid in the boat. You were the one that was supposed to move dipshit!... shit for brains!"
  • "You couldn't beat my dinghy." Captain Pellet to Jack after being challenged to the Regatta.
  • "I wouldn't take this check from you if my children were starving in the street. And thats the best money I've ever spent" Pellet to Jack at a funeral parlor, refusing to give Jack the last two weeks of vacation.
  • "He was a great man, and he will be sorely, sorely missed. NOW, I will sign the papers." Cpt. Pellet signing ownership on the former owner's casket at the wake.
  • "Yeah? You trying to watch the Smurfs? Did you see the one where Papa Smurf took a crutch and smash the shit out of a guy with a red hat?! Did you see that one?! You wanna see that one?!"- Jack Chester when he finds a man in a red hat on his bed watching TV
  • John Candy bellies up to the bar and the bartender says "what can I get you?" to which Candy replies "Drunk"

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