Movie Review: The Rental – Available Today in Select Drive-Ins, Theaters and On Demand


Oh how I would LOVE to get away. With everything that is going on with the COVID-19 pandemic, being furloughed from my job and going crazy staring at the same four walls 24/7… I need to get away. Even if it’s for the weekend.

Sometimes we all need to get away from “life” for a few days. There is certainly nothing wrong with that… or could there be? That is what two couples found out in the movie, The Rental. The Rental is available today in select drive-in theaters as well as On Demand.

The Rental stars Alison Brie (GLOW), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) and Jeremy Allen White (Shameless).

Michelle and Charlie, and Josh and Mina are two couples who are also good friends. Charlie and Josh are brothers.

The couples decide to go on a weekend getaway before Mina and Charlie, co-workers, start on a huge project. They end of renting a gorgeous home that overlooks the ocean.

Right from the start, Mina takes issue with the man who is in charge of the rental home. She feels that he discriminated against her because of her nationality. He doesn’t know what she is talking about. It’s his brother’s home, he just oversees it.

Things go well at first, as the couples settle into the house and end up drinking the night away, as well as do drugs, except for Michelle who opts to go to bed early for the night.

That night something happens that threatens to not only jeopardize their weekend, but also their lives. Those involved want nothing more than to bury their secret to protect the others.

It seems as though the “secret” will be kept, that is until Mina discovers something more sinister might be at play and it could cost them everything if they don’t put a stop to it right away.

What couple is trying to hide a secret from the others? What else could be going on in their beautiful rental home that could ruin their lives… and more? To find out, go see The Rental. Look for it at a drive-in near you, or on Video on Demand (VOD).

I don’t want to go into more detail because I don’t want to give away the plot to the movie. Let’s just say I didn’t see “it” coming. I thought I knew what was going on, but I was wrong.

The movie it’s self was entertaining enough. I didn’t think it was necessary to have the characters get involved with drugs. Just getting drunk would have been enough. It’s known that people sometimes do dumb things when they are drunk, and often don’t remember what happened the next morning.

The acting was OK. I wouldn’t say anyone gave a stellar performance. If anyone stood out I’d say it was Toby Huss who played the part of “Taylor,” the creepy guy who was in charge of caring for the rental home.

The ending threw me by surprise. I also was not a fan of the ending. I mean, I “get” the ending, so some degree, but they movie doesn’t go into great detail about who the person is that is involved (without giving away details) and what he reason was behind everything, unless it was strictly for his entertainment only.

If you are looking to take a break from summer time repeats on television, and you’ve exhausted every movie and series there is to watch on Netflix and Hulu, go see (or rent) The Rental. 

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener link in order to view this film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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