Amusing in spots, Summer Rental is more a collection of bits about taking the family to the shore for the summer than a coherent story. John Candy manages to elevate some of those bits to the hilarious and therein lies the film’s appeal.
With three kids, dog and a U-Haul, family sets off for r&r at the Florida shore. Things don’t go as planned and Candy finds himself sunburned and with an injured leg. Script also is lame and dreams up only the most pedestrian domestic catastrophes, from a a young daughter’s (Kerri Green) budding interest in boys to a gay divorcee’s interest in Candy’s wife (Karen Austin). After an hour meandering around the beach and environs, Candy locks horns with local denizen and resident sailing champ Richard Crenna.
Best bits in the film are supplied by Candy’s wardrobe. As a modern-day pirate with a heart of gold, Rip Torn demonstrates once again that he can make any role believable regardless of how silly it is.