The Rental

The Rental

DVD - 2020
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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, as well-kept secrets are exposed and the four old friends come to see each other in a whole new light..
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Scream Factory, [2020]
ISBN: 9786318382922
6318382925
Branch Call Number: DVD REN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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maria57
Jan 25, 2021

The whole concept of being spied on while staying in a rented space is disturbing to say the least with the possibility of being terrifying. I found all of the characters to be unlikable in one way or another, contributing to their own downfall. The only one I really worried about was the dog. The idea that someone in the real world would perpetrate something like this is definitely unsettling.

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2020

A low budget indie film based on the tried and true premise that people staying in strangers' places with unwitting hosts are risking their privacy and well being as the dramas in Hitchcock's Bates Motel from Psycho (1960) or Bad Times at the El Royale (2018.) Only that the renters are two pairs of young couples set to do some hiking and drugs in an isolated West coastal Airbnb. Sounds like plenty of opportunities to stage all sorts of mayhem and there are some towards the end but only after many sophomoric twists created by bad decisions.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 15, 2020

So-so thriller that has some good moments but takes a while to get started. Good performances by Alison Brie and Dan Stevens. Dave Franco, who is married to Brie, directs. Filmed in Oregon!

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2020

Less than a single quote posted in IMDb, because there is no memorable quotes in the entire film. If there is one, this one pointedly on the peril of online "user" ratings and housing discrimination:

Mina, how many places have you booked through?
-One.
Okay, well there you go. Yeah, but she got a five star rating.
How many places have we booked?
--Three.
-What?
--It's still more than one. Oh, come on, it's the same house, same dates, her request gets denied and yours gets accepted an hour later.
Look, discrimination obviously exists, and the name Mina Mohamadi, is about as Middle Eastern, as it gets.
-I'm just saying, why jump to that as the only possible explanation.
Yeah, no, you're right. We should probably give, this white guy we've never met, the benefit of the doubt.

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