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MF 438 : Summer movie series: Summer Rental (1985)

Today, we conclude the summer movie series with a comedy set on a beach getaway. Summer Rental (1985) on this week's summer movie series. More at

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[Note: the summer movie series episodes will air on Fridays.]

[Note: Moving Forward will return with episode 439 and the remainder of season 10 on Thursday, Sept. 14th]

Summer Rental (1985)

Jack Chester is an overworked air traffic controller married with three kids. During a hilarious and scary scene in which he mistaken a fly on his radar for an out of control aircraft, his boss sends him on a vacation, offering his summer beach home in Citrus Grove FL. The summer home isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be with a crowded beach, exhaustive heat, a group of lifeguards next door oogling his teenage daughter, failed attempts to bond with his son, and a run in with Al Pellet over a pair of lobsters. He later bonds with Scully, the pirate-obsessed owner of a sea food restaurant set on an old sail boat who teaches him the art of sailing. All of this culminates in a regatta sail boat race where it’s local vs out of towner.

The good:

  • Funny movie with a lot of hilarious and ridiculous moments.

  • Solid performances from the cast, especially John Candy.

  • Beautiful scenic location and cinematography.

  • Quick movie.

The bad:

  • The boat race scene is the least interesting part of this film IMO.


  • *** (out of five)

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