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…
Hard to not be won over, though the first 'big scene' comes a bit too early and messes up the narrative a bit. Also suffers from the How I Met Your Mother disease where it'll bring up characteristics of characters that we haven't actually seen but meant to blindly accept (the joke of Neil playing with his balls too much might have landed if we'd actually noticed him doing that rather than having Candy saying "you always do that", etc). But the performances are great, and the not shock ending still manages to be pretty moving. Fun movie.
This film takes quite the John Hughes turn in the last ten minutes.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a highly funny road-trip with two of the greatest comedians of all-time. You can see John Candy having a blast here with his character and it makes the viewing much more entertaining. Steve Martin plays the straight man this time around and although I usually find him at his funniest when he's playing goofballs, I thought he was still as hilarious here. All-in-all, these two great comedians make their characters just fun to watch the entire time. Though the two characters resent each other at first, it's easy to see that the film actually tries to give their personalities more depth and the progression feels natural when the two eventually settle over their differences. There are also some scenes that are not just played for laughs, but add to the character development. In the end, you're not going to have a better trip than Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
Many of the jokes fell flat for me, and the music is AWFUL! That Christmas song (if it qualifies as a song) almost made my ears bleed. There was definitely some redeeming moments though - also the opening scene is genius (plus the nice little gag after the credits).
John Candy at his best? Maybe so. What was the name of the book his character was reading in his first scene "Mounting Canadians". Great comedy, still holds up. Nuff said.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
John Hughes nunca decepciona. A cada obra que vejo dele, me apaixono por sua simplicidade. O tom dramático muito bem mesclado com a comédia é sempre tão eficiente, que me faltam até palavras.
Gostei muito da história. Dei risada em várias cenas: o carro entre os dois caminhões; a destruição da fachada daquela lojinha (?) lá nos minutos finais do filme; toda a sequência dos dois no primeiro hotel o qual passaram a noite. Ficou engraçado, conseguiu divertir. Gostei do Neal Page e ADOREI o Del Griffith com todas as minhas forças. Que personagem adorável, difícil não se apegar a ele rapidamente.
Durante a execução, deu pra desconfiar que a esposa do Del tinha falecido. Pensei isso pela primeira vez…
John Candy, rest in....PEACE
Review In A Nutshell:
Planes, Trains and Automobiles marked as a large turning point for John Hughes, a figure of the 80s decade that conveyed honesty in his depiction of a teenager, an approach that elevates his masterpieces above the barrage of copycats that plagued its era. Ferris Bueller was the end of his High School nostalgia; from there his films have taken a more mature route that aims to cater to a more sophisticated and understanding audience. It was here in his 1987 collaboration with Steve Martin and John Candy with the backdrop of the Thanksgiving holiday that he has created another near perfect feature that carries far more dramatic weight than one would anticipate from its suggestive poster…
John Hughes, somehow I have pondered that John Hughes was always more good person than we have come to know about him reading biographies and interviews, his films speak in larger details about what kind of nature and attitude he possessed.
Of all the films he made, I believe Planes Trains And Automobiles, explains his human-approach between strangers. Steve Martin (an already-claimed-established actor-writer) plays Neal Page, a family man, surrounded by office-work and exhaustion, a bit frisky to be impressed by people, Late John Candy, plays Del Griffith, an obese shower curtain-rings seller.
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