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…
John Hughes at his best. A pitch perfect comedy.
who doesn't like a good road trip movie?
Funny movie, one of the best comedy duos.
It's been a long time since I've been able to show a newbie this charming slice of comedy perfection. Everyone's seen it. Everyone loves it. (If you don't, please don't call me. It's not me. It's you.)
That all changed this year when I convinced my wife that our two children were finally ready to take this fun-filled trip. (They're ages 11 and 9 - though the 9 year old is the more mature of the two.) Not surprisingly, it was a big hit. A new (to them) Thanksgiving tradition is born!
And yes, I cried at the end. Again. Oh, shut up!
Another film edited by the great Paul Hirsch.
One of the worst scores ever but still funny and sweet. Also love the little John Hughes cartoonish flourishes in a world that is otherwise presumably "real". I get the impression that he watched a lot of Frank Tashlin & Jerry Lewis as a kid.
This movie makes me so thankful that I live in sunny California. I cannot handle snow.
So what would the 2014 equivalent of Kevin Bacon's cameo be? Benedict Cumberbatch? Zac Efron?
I really miss John Candy.
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