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!
A couple of days ago,i randomly stumbled upon a list with the best movies to watch during Thanksgiving and Planes,Trains... immediately caught my attention as it was one of the very few actually taking place during Thanksgiving.It's strange to have so many movies set during Christmas and only a handful set on Thanksgiving.Probably it's because Christmas is a more universal celebration(to be honest i didn't know a thing about Thanksgiving until last month-I'm not American).
Anyway, Planes,Trains... is a relentless comedy, one that draws you in from minute one and a proof that a laugh out loud comedy,can truly be a great movie.
Its main strength is the unbelievable chemisty between the two leads, Steve Martin and John Candy.They both…
''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!
I don't think it's surprising (to myself, I guess) that I was not into this. I'm not a Steve Martin fan and considering he's the main character...
But I do know where Due Date got its idea from. And I enjoyed Due Date A LOT because I like RDJ and Galifianakis.
They just don't make 'em like this anymore :)
Comedy with Steve Martin and John Candy as two mismatched travellers. Both stars on form as dislikeable characters. A warm ending.
Planes, Trains And Automobiles is a John Hughes film starring Steve Martin who plays Neal Page a business man, and John Candy who plays a talkative shower curtain hook salesman called Del Griffin. After the plane that Neal was supposed to go on to get home for thanks giving gets cancelled due to bad weather, he looks for other solutions to get home. Long story short Del Griffin offers to help him on his journey to get home for thanks giving.
Of course because this is a John Hughes film I really liked the characters and found them interesting, seeing them argue, seeing them get lost, even seeing them almost die brought me closer to them. The humour in this…
Steve Martin didn't play a jerk! He played a guy who got jerked on! No wait....
This gets to the heart of the frustration of travel, especially during the holidays, with the two eternal dichotomous forces of pessimism/uptightness and dopey idealism. At some points, John Candy's character is supposed to be some blubbering annoying mess, and for whatever reason fate has decided to pair him with the irritable Neal Page (Steve Martin.) It's some grand cosmic joke. Neal, however, has his own faults, and, obviously, he needs to learn some important movie lessons.
I guess two reasons this has endured or holds it reasonably well is John Candy's charm and the sweetness of John Hughes' script. Though I think disaster could have been averted if they had used the best mode of transportation in the world: blimp.
It just wasn't my thing, as much as I love Steve Martin.
*80s movies that would be ruined by the existence of smartphones*
Checking in again after such a short amount of time. But can ya blame me?
Reason its so soon is (Besides the fact its a fucking GREAT movie) my mate Josiah. Or Jossy. Or Jos. Or Joe. Whatever. Is a big fan of John Hughes but hadn't actually seen this movie. Yeah, weird, i know right? You hear John Hughes, and you think of two movies. This, and Bueller. Well as his magnum opus i mean. A lot of his other catalog springs to mind because of how great they are.
Anyway this movie is an inspiration to me on so many levels. The way its shot. The characters, subtlety, music, everything. It just inspires me. It starts off goofy…
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