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…
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.
Film # 14 of the "Scavenger Hunt #5" Challenge
Task #29: A road trip film letterboxd.com/joyceheinen/list/scavenger-hunt-august-2015/ ___________________________________________________________________
When John Candy takes of his shoes on a plane, and then holds them in front of Steve Martin, it looks juvenile. But it’s just really funny, especially because it’s John Candy who does it. The comedy level in “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” is very high. The story is simple, but that’s okay.
When Steve Martin’s character, Neal Page, is stranded in Wichita he meets Candy’s Del Griffith. Candy is so enjoyable as the jovial and annoying ‘friend’. During a trip through the Midwest of the states, Del is where Neal is. The combination of the two characters and actors is so much fun…
An enjoyable/fun viewing experience, but not as good as previous times. John Hughes is a legend, and both Steve Martin and John Candy are comedic icons, but this movie was not as laugh out loud funny as I previously remembered it. It is still a solid, very entertaining film, but just not as good as previously remembered. The movie is a little dated, and over the top, but still a fun viewing experience, with three legends in Comedy in Steve Martin, John Candy and Director John Hughes. I love to watch their work.
It's a tad dated but, still an enjoyable watch.
Film #14 of the "Scavenger Hunt August 2015" Challenge
Task #29. Road Trip movie
My list: letterboxd.com/darbyact/list/scavenger-hunt-aug-2015-edition/
Original List: letterboxd.com/jesushmacy/list/scavenger-hunt-august-2015-blackjack-and/
If I had reviewed this film as a kid, or even as a younger adult It would have got 5 stars, however time is not kind to John Hughes' seminal buddy comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
While Steve Martin and John Candy are PERFECT in these roles and funny as anything you'll see on film, they can't quite save what time is doing to this film. It's dated. Now looking at this in the context of the 80s it really works. But this is 2015 and in 2015 the score is AWFUL and distracting, the film style is common place,…
Should have seen it ages ago but John Candy. There seemed to be an amazing amount of Walter White in Steve Martin's performance so I guess Bryan Cranston wasn't the first to be influenced.
Great Ted 2 reference
First watched while waiting outside Target overnight to buy my Wii
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