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…
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…
"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.
A classic film with two great comedians.
I love the makeup on the clerk's face, her face in general, her conversation with whoever is on the phone, and how she handles Steve. She made the movie for me
There's no way on earth we're going to get out of here tonight. We'd have more luck playing pickup sticks with our butt-cheeks than we will getting a flight out of here before daybreak.
The problem here is that Steve Martin's character is just an asshole. I think we're meant to relate to him but he's never established as anything other than an asshole. So maybe we're meant to delight in him getting what he deserves courtesy John Candy who is playing a different type of asshole. Then again it was the 80's. Maybe this is just how normal decent people acted.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is the catastrophic road trip from hell...and it is absolutely hilarious because of it and since it's release has been a custom Thanksgiving viewing for those stateside and pre-Christmas ritual film viewing for others with a lot of laughs to be had but more surprisingly, plenty of heart and truth behind it. John Hughes ventures outside of the coming of age genre to tackle a more mature spin on the adult business man here from two different spectrums, with Neal Page as the man who is so organised with his own daily lifestyle that he seems to lack connection with ordinary people around him such as Del Griffith, a man with such empathy for a guy…
I watched this with my son. It took him a while to warm up to it.
Dryfus' slow boil to madness in "What About Bob" is better acted, but Martin is just funnier.
Jonh Hughes left quite a legacy.
I'm still not sure this deserves an "R" rating. Marin's rant at the car rental counter is really the only thing that gives this an "R." Maybe it was made before PG-13 was a thing.
I love this movie and it holds up pretty well.
A great fun film.
The original road buddy film.
Great laughs. Gags good preformances.
All that you'll want in a John Huges film.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
John Candy's character is an obnoxious creep and having a dead wife doesn't justify any of it.
Great film with all-time performances by two of our greatest physical comedians. On the car ride back from seeing this on the big screen, my roommate spitballed horrendous ideas for a remake that would likely involve Kevin James or, god forbid, Zach Galifianakis.
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