Summer Rental movie poster
|Directed by||Carl Reiner|
|Produced by||George Shapino|
|Written by||Mark Reisman
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Editing by||Bud Molin|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||August 9, 1985|
|Running time||87 minutes|
|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 
Overworked air-traffic controller Jack Chester takes his wife Sandy and children Jennifer, Bobby and Laurie on a summer vacation from the Atlanta area to fictitious Citrus Cove, Florida, during which 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 being able to spend time with his family.
The family ends up in a fairly 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, the owner of this dubious piece of real estate.
About to be evicted early, Jack proposes a wager—if he can win this year's regatta, Al must allow the Chesters to stay rent-free. The trouble is, Jack hasn't sailed for many years and he 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 glance no match for Al or anybody else in the race, but a strong breeze and a large pair of pants enable Jack to enjoy a victory at sea.
Main cast 
- John Candy – Jack Chester
- Karen Austin – Sandy Chester
- Kerri Green – Jennifer Chester
- Joey Lawrence – Bobby Chester
- Aubrey Jene – Laurie Chester
- Rip Torn – Richard Scully
- Richard Crenna – Al Pellet
- John Larroquette – Don Moore
- Richard Herd - Angus MacLachlan
- Lois Hamilton – Vicki Sanders
- Carmine Caridi - Ed Sanders
- Bob Wells - Stan Greene
- Dick Anthony Williams - Dan Gardner
- Reni Santoni - Announcer
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.
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.
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