• The Ploughman

    Wow, that dubbing. I’m always a little delighted by the way technical standards for a theatrically-released film allowed for occasional moments like this pre-90s. The fact that every little facet of even the most dull project is now polished to a shine is not an improvement in my eyes.

    • Haha, isn’t it amazing!? According to IMDB that child never acted again, but for this scene alone she will be burned into my memory for all time.

      • The Ploughman

        Never acted again? Can we really say she acted the first time?

        • In her next scene, she combs the hair of an elderly Chinese man and tells him (using her actual voice) that he’s pretty.

  • Miller

    Whither the snobs? Do they even exist in comedies anymore? In retrospect there was a lot of anxiety in 80s movies about money and success and a pushback against them in their most vulgar and dickish forms even as money and success were generally still things to strive for (Real Genius is a big exception, i think). But now, we have turned our ire to people who are politically obnoxious instead of people who are obnoxious on economic and social class levels.

    Anywho, this sounds like a lot of fun, if suspiciously similar in seasonal boat-based plotting to One Crazy Summer (although wait, that’s the later film, right?). I missed a lot of these comedies the first time around but their pace and style makes me nostalgic too.

    • Yeah, One Crazy Summer is ’86. I remember liking that one too, but they’re quite different in tone – Summer Rental is a lot more sentimental and does feel like a family movie, albeit one where everyone swears quite a bit (which would have endeared it to me even further if I HAD seen it as a child!). I remember One Crazy Summer having that appealing 80s comedy vibe where it basically just felt like a bunch of funny friends hanging out together (much as Wet Hot American Summer does now).

  • DJ JD

    I have something of a mental self-analysis brake where if I ask myself if I “really” like something enough, I force myself to say “hey, I like this!” and call it a day. I’ve posted this before, but I spent enough time feeling self-conscious about liking trashy crap and trying to only like “good things to like” – only to find that my trashy crap was a perfectly fine addition to the list, in hindsight – that if I like something stupid and terrible, then I’m enjoying my life and I’m happy, the end. It’s all entertainment after all, right?

    • Oh absolutely. Trashy crap is the best! I still find it quite interesting interrogating my own brain in an attempt to figure out why I like some things as much as I do, though.

  • Babalugats

    “Director Carl Reiner…. John Candy… Rip Torn…”

    Well, I’m sold.

  • Yeah, it’s pretty good. I saw this when it came out and then it was a regular timeslot-filler on cable for a few years, so I have fond memories of it despite not having seen it in quite a while. Glad to hear it holds up.

  • BurgundySuit

    I feel like we haven’t devited nearly enough discussion to the fact that the retired pirate dresses up like an actual seventeenth-century pirate and/or a four year old dressed up as same.

    • Babalugats

      That’s just Rip Torn in his walkin around cloths.

      • It really does feel like this is Rip Torn appearing as himself, and it’s all the films where he plays a non-pirate that actually required him to do any acting.