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. The film was released on August 9, 1985, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]


Overworked air traffic controller Jack Chester (Candy) is given four paid 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 Gulf Coast resort town of Citrus Cove, Florida, where they are constantly beset by a never-ending barrage of problems. First they are bumped out of the front of the line of an upscale seafood restaurant in favor of arrogant local sailing champion Al Pellet; who, because of this incident, becomes Jack's main nemesis throughout the film. Shortly after, by a misreading of the address; the family discovers that they have moved into the wrong house and are forced to move out in the middle of the night, ending up in a decrepit shack on a public beach with a constant stream of beach-goers tromping through. Jack then receives a leg injury that prevents him from spending time with his family.

Later, Jack again locks horns with Pellet, whom Jack discovered became the owner of the dubious piece of real estate where the Chesters are staying after the previous owner passed away. Jack gives Pellet the check for $1,000 to cover the rent for the next two weeks, but Pellet 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 Pellet to a race at the upcoming Citrus Cove Regatta: If Pellet 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 more weeks rent-free. Pellet 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 whom the Chesters met earlier, 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 Pellet 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.



Summer Rental received negative reviews from critics, as the film holds a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


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.


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (1985-08-09). "Movie Review - Summer Rental - FILM: 'SUMMER RENTAL,' DIRECTED BY CARL REINER". Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Summer Rental (1985) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-04-30. 

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