The Rental

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Some tricky genre juggling makes The Rental a bit of a fixer-upper, but effective chills and a solid cast make this a fine destination for horror fans.

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Two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying on them. Before long, what should have been a celebratory weekend trip turns into something far more sinister.

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All Critics (172) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (129) | Rotten (43)

  • While the performances ensure that the movie is always watchable, the hesitant storytelling makes it far from compelling, a bad trip about a bummer vacation.

    July 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It might not make you skip your next weekend trip, but it will make you think twice about where you decide to stay.

    July 24, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Franco builds up a nice sense of dread, throws in some uncomfortable human conflict, stirs it up and lets it all explode.

    July 24, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There may be some existential meaning to The Rental's abrupt, too easy ending. But if you ask me, I think Dave Franco ran out of money, time, and ideas.

    July 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • While it's easy to see a lot of Franco's influences in The Rental, he still finds a way to make this house his own.

    July 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Had the writing been deft enough to properly germinate them, there are seeds of ideas about the toxicity of aspirational real estate and those that indifferently own it that could have possibly have flowered into something worth exploring.

    July 24, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 28, 2020
    The Rental is an indie slasher film. You may feel this is a negative comment but it's a positive. It throws the cliche playbook out the door and allows this film to slowburn. The pacing will throw people off and the jagged shift in tone is another. I personally thought the film didn't earn that ending and Dave Franco, who is also making his filmmaking debut, struggles to maintain the tone. I enjoyed the characters but the story beats and backstory feel forced. The film has a mystery and the lack of a menacing figure distracts. The characters never feel in danger and the sinister figure is alluded to but never shown. I would've liked more villain lurking and stalking, but that's just me. The shift for the characters and that final third is a little tough to swallow. I did enjoy the indie style and I would recommend this in a year with low content. 27/07/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Actor Dave Franco's directorial debut showed me more promise than I've ever seen in his big brother James Franco's many, many directorial outings. The younger Franco also co-wrote The Rental with mumblecore/indie horror mainstay Joe Swanberg (Netflix's Easy), and the movie is at its best when it feels like a really tense relationship drama with some creepy overtures for good measure. Two couples (Dan Stevens and Alison Brie, Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White) are renting a beautiful ocean-side cabin for the weekend. There's a palpable tension early on as Vand's character, a woman of Middle Eastern descent, challenges the homeowner why he chose to deny her bid over her white male co-worker. From there you quickly understand that she and Dan Steven's character have a dangerous sexual attraction to one another and, after a drug-fueled night, circle each other hungrily and inevitably. I felt nervous simply waiting for them to cheat, and when they do, it sets the rest of the movie in motion because the evidence of their infidelity is what provides such an intriguing dimension of personal stakes. They discover a hidden camera in the shower head but it also means they are reluctant to go to the police because what if that proof is subsequently revealed? This delicious turn causes one half of our couples to conspire together and keep secrets from their significant others, and The Rental has a crafty and effective unease to it as the characters get more frantic, paranoid, and confrontational. There's a solid hour of good material here with the relationship drama taking center stage in a creepy surveillance thriller setting. Franco also shows solid promise as a visual stylist. His ability to create an uncomfortable atmosphere of dread while maintaining pleasing, cleanly composed visuals is impressive. It reminded me at times of an Ari Aster A24 horror movie (Hereditary, Midsommar). Alas, it's the last fifteen minutes that do The Rental in as it succumbs into being a boring slasher movie with a boring, and vague, killer. It fits with the parameters of the story being told but it's the most boring and underwritten aspect, falling entirely on the mere iconography of slasher cinema to serve as external escalation. It's a bit of a disappointment of an ending after such a promising and personal start. I definitely think Dave Franco shows promise as a filmmaker and a genre director who doesn't sacrifice character for empty atmosphere, which is my most common complaint for much of atmospheric gonzo indie horror (see: Mandy, Neon Demon). At under 90 minutes, the movie doesn't wear out its welcome and has enough juicy tension and drama to warrant at least one viewing. Hopefully, Dave Franco steps behind the camera again and hopefully he will write a better ending too. Nate's Grade: B
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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