A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
John Hughes' "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" finds the director leaving behind his typically youthful characters and focusing on a new breed of comic ne'er-do-well: the adult business man. Combining road trip comedy with odd couple shenanigans, '80s gloss, and a note of absurdity, Hughes' observation of Murphy's Law taking its toll on the aformentioned adult is a rich, layered, and wholly lovable piece of work.
"Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" is built around one man's attempt to get home for the Thanksgiving holiday and his consistent predicament of bumping into a bumbling yet kind Midwest salesman. Anything that could go wrong does as the two schlep hilariously toward Chicago from New York. The story is universal, the comedy is textured, and…
"If I wanted a joke, I'd follow you into the john and watch you take a leak".
Heartfelt, relateable and hysterically funny, Planes, Trains & Automobiles is a film I keep returning to, often when I'm down in the dumps as it holds a very curative effect.
The magical fusion of physical + situational humor, performed by two of the most brilliant comedic geniuses who have ever walked the planet, worked wonders this time too.
Top notch laugh riots are still being made in this day and age, but I doubt we'll ever have the pleasure of one as perfect as this one again.
I mean, Jonah Hill and his likes are funny n' all, but they're no John Candy.
''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!
No es el gran clásico que siempre había leído pero si es una gran comedia! Qué gran química hay entre Martin y Candy!
La verdad lo único que no me gustó fue el mero final. Muy bonito... me dio un poco de roña.
Typical dopey character that means well, but annoys the main character, and a main character that is easily annoyed and is just trying to accomplish his goal. There are some jokes in here that are alright but for the most part it isn't that good.
John Hughes' talent in writing came from presenting characters that he assumed we would inherently judge or understand, then pulling the rug out from under us. While I love The Breakfast Club because of this, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is where it hits me the hardest in Hughes' finest story about empathy and kindness that is also brilliantly hilarious in deceptively simple ways.
What makes Planes, Trains and Automobiles so incredible though is John Candy's performance, which I truly think is one of the greatest comedic performances I can think of in the last 30 years. There's pain, sadness and loneliness underlying almost every one of his actions, yet Hughes writes him in such a way that we can understand…
I adore this movie--nearly every scene is perfect--and I'd give it 5 stars, but I cannot stand Neal Page's (Steve Martin) family. His wife, his kids, and his giant, perfectly bland 80's house just always got into my craw. The ending where he brings home his new best buddy, Del (the pitch-perfect John Candy) to join them for Thanksgiving dinner just always seemed weird and out of place. Yes, it's a lovely gesture, and yes, it shows how he's grown as a person over the last few tumultuous days, but his family is still the same. What happens next? "So... is your new friend ever leaving?.." I imagine the wife saying the next morning. Of course he won't stick around forever, that'd be strange, and Del's gotta keep moving. When I watch this movie, I stop it at the scene where Neal and Del say goodbye at the train station. Sometimes that's how shit happens.
Boasting about how I watch this every year on my birthday is one of the only quirks about being born on Thanksgiving.
My first time watching this film, which has become a Thanksgiving tradition for many. Funny, but I need to rewatch to be able to pay more attention.
This movie is brilliant. Hands down. No need to criticize. Steve Martin and John Candy are brilliant. They make you laugh, you feel for them. Can we talk about the most heartwarming ending to a movie ever? I mean that ending, it makes you want to smile and cry. Did I mention Steve Martin and John Candy were brilliant?
Possibly the only great thanksgiving movie out there??
I watched this on Region Free Blu Ray.
Don't hate me but I've never actually seen this film before. I know that's bad because of the legendary status it has but I've just never got round to watching it. I really adore John Candy as well, he was and is one of my favourite actors.
The film follows Neal Page played by Steve Martin, who is trying to travel from New York to Chicago to get home for thanksgiving, however every obstacle halts his trip including Del Griffith played by John Candy. This film is a delight to watch it's perfect film, a masterpiece in my eyes. The film has been repeated, parodied and replicated in so many films in…
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