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…
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…
Nothing but a great movie. Love it.
I had no idea what I wanted to watch last night, I wasn’t in the mood for the movie I was suppose to watch, so I decided on a John Hughes comedy, Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I love John Hughes, from Ferris Bueller to The Breakfast Club. I like Steve Martin, although I only know him from the Cheaper by the Dozen movies I saw when I was younger, and I like John Candy, although I’ve only seen him in small roles from other movies, and not a big role like this one. I wasn’t really expecting much from this, but I was ready to have some laughs.
This movie really won me over by the end of it. I…
A comedy that's perfect for every Thanksgiving...
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I guess I have no soul? I don't know. Most of it is slapstick and raunchy comedy that is a hit or miss but besides that...it's got nothing else in my opinion. John Candy tried to keep the films energy going but it just got really boring and meanders way too much for my liking after the first quarter. Steve's bitter attitude the whole movie only makes it worse. Meh.
I simply can't get enough of this movie. It's one of my all time favorites for many many reasons. And for John Hughes most people say Ferris Bueller. Breakfast Club. But nothing connects more with me than this movie right here. I adore it.
Nota = 5
ENTRY #21 ON THE BUCKET LIST
This is a superb and delightful comedy, a sort of comcical slow boil/crescendo that opens on more mild goofs but builds itself up past belly laugh territory by the finish. 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' is perfectly balanced: smart humor, fart humor, the works, all collide (somewhat) graciously into the ultimate comedic collage. Steve Martin and John Candy are infinitely lovable and charismatic, and their slow steps towards friendship are taken carefully and not in huge, clunky chunks of sappiness. This is not a movie, it's a Belgian chocolate; it is soft to the tongue and goes down quickly but leaves a small warm trace of itself behind, to be loved, longed for, and laughed about.
The chemistry between the two leads, the memorable lines, the pure 80'sness written all over it make this movie so great and rewatchable.
Quite possibly my favorite comedy of all-time. It's got heart, it makes me laugh so hard my belly hurts, John Candy and Steve Martin's performances are top notch. It's simply perfect.
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