Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
What he really wanted was to spend Thanksgiving with his family. What he got was three days with the turkey.
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.
I really hate this film.....
BECAUSE EVERY TIME I SEE IT, IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY AND THEN I WANT TO DANCE, BOOGIE WOOGIE, DO SOMERSAULTS AND BACKFLIPS, POP AND LOCK AND EVEN A TWIRL AND A FAME JUMP OR TWO BUT I CAN'T BECAUSE I'M BUILT LIKE AN ELEPHANT AND HAVE THE MOTOR SKILLS OF A PREGNANT HIPPO!!!!
And I really, really miss John Candy....
The Jerk and Uncle Buck as the oldest looking teenagers to ever star in a John Hughes coming-of-age-road-trip film. A taxi race with Kevin fuckin' Bacon. The first time you see John Candy's facial expressions. A bitchy flight attendant. A semi-boring sounding Ben Stein. Shower-curtain-rings are fuckin' cool. A million bucks short of being a millionaire. Hypoallergenic pillows. Extreme-sinus-cleaning. Waking up next to Del. Those aren't fuckin' pillows! A broken train. A yabba dabba doo bus ride. The invisible automobile. The fuckin' rental-car counter. You're fucked! An autographed Daryl Strawberry earring. Being grabbed by your dick. Precious moments don't come back. Almost hitting a deer. A car-honking contest. You're going the wrong fuckin' way! Two dollars and a Casio watch. A melted speedometer. Del knows a lot of fuckers. Realizing family is everything. Funny as fuck. Steve Martin is gold. John Candy is fuckin' hilarious. Fuck, I miss him. RIP Mr. Candy. RIP Mr. Hughes.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is classic John Hughes: The 80's soundtrack plastered over every scene, the risible and preposterously entertaining scenarios and of course, the introduction of sentimentalism that inconsistently succeeds. Hughes's distinguishable style is never seamless, but he sure knows how to fabricate an enjoyable jaunt, even if that jaunt is disjointed in its execution.
Neal Page has one modest wish for the thanksgiving holidays; to see his family. To do this he must catch a plane; seemingly simple task. However, as the title indicates, problems arise and he will have to board some trains and automobiles too. Indeed, he is not alone on this distressing expedition -- Del Griffith, a scruffy but munificent chap offers a hand and…
Steve Martin and John Candy melt your hearts, make you laugh out loud and thankful that you aren't them in this classic catastrophic road trip from hell!
''I've never seen a guy get picked up by his testicles before. Lucky for you that cop passed by when he did, or you'd be lifting your snutz to tie your shoes.''
Well wasn't this quite the delight!
Now I see what all the fuss about Steve Martin and John Candy is; comic timing balanced with genuine emotion. Both play brilliantly off each other through scene after scene of comic gold, seasoned with a big dash of Candy heart. Assured Direction from Hughes goes a long way too.
The hire car abuse scene I will never forget, nor the tears in candy's eyes as Martin tears him down in the hotel room (despite the ham-fisted manipulative score being skewered into the mix - totally unnecessary!). The soundtrack dates it a little, but the scenario's are timeless.
A great night in!
How can you get miserable and annoyed just to get to your family?
Steve Martin strikes another awesome performance with John Candy who strikes a memorable performance.
Neal's day starts with a boring office meeting, the his run for a taxi and then being given a wrong ticket, then flight getting canceled, meeting a man who is annoying and a his companion till he gets home.
The great thing about this movie is that it just flows in the direction to make us laugh, annoy,sad and cry finally.
We see Neal's day's are not getting any better. He is just getting miserable every minute. Still it captures a feeling that will make you fell great. It has moments that get…
A fuckinggggg greatttt fuckingggg comedyyyy from two fuckingggggggg comic giants.
A rare thing: a comedy where I actually wanted the hug at the end.
One of the greatest comedies ever made. Still remember watching the first time with my family and my Dad almost choking to death while laughing with a mouth full of peanuts as John Candy did the Mess Around! The film still puts a smile on my face throughout and has some great laughs as well as a big heart. The end just makes you miss big John Candy all that much more. What a likeable onscreen presence he was. Always nice to know he is just a PLAY button away though.
Along with the a funny script from John Hughes, this film has some heart.
I'm guessing I came into the world a little too late in the Seventies to have fully appreciated the John Hughes-infatuation that made the writer/director such a box office stalwart in the Eighties. Yeah, I watched the Vacation movies with the glee known only to a six-year-old staring uncomprehendingly at Beverly D'Angelo's breasts, but most of Hughes' work was lost on me. So it was no surprise yesterday, when looking at his IMDB page, I realized that, besides the National Lampoon films, I'd watched exactly three of his projects: Home Alone, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. And out of these three, I'd seen none since I was twelve.
That being said, at the time, I loved…
The perfect travel comedy. I know its a thanksgiving classic, but I can watch this anytime. Doesn't get old on repeat viewings! Really love the comedy in this one.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is my cinematic hot water bottle, responsible for generating an enormous amount of warmth within what is usually a very cold and jaded heart. This is the one film I can watch any day of the week and still weep like a buffoon at its conclusion.
I'm finding that I'm becoming a lot more critical of comedies these days; maybe it's because I'm tired of all the penis humor on average or maybe it's because most comedies these days simply aren't that funny anymore. So, for me, watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles was a real treat -- not only is this movie very damn funny, it also features two characters who are very likable and who you can easily root for. Steve Martin and John Candy have terrific chemistry throughout and play off each other wonderfully. Then there's John Hughes' script, which develops these two guys in the right way while also providing some very strong laughs, plus, the situations these two keep finding themselves in never feel too contrived and help the movie flow very naturally.
I'm both glad to have finally gotten around to this movie and to see a comedy that's this funny.
I really like this Del character, his sensibilities match my own. Very funny throughout, a good pace, and amazing comedic performances from Martin and Candy. A little sentimentality thrown in for good measure and what you've got is another highly enjoyable slice of the 80's from Hughes. "Another couple of balls, and an extra set of fingers"...Ha, brilliant stuff boys!
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