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.
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…
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!
''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!
Steve Martin and John Candy are a great big-screen pair. The sketch comedy pros create memorable characters in this across-the-country comedy.
Neal (Martin) spends most of the movie incredibly annoyed by his traveling partner, Del (Candy), a shower ring salesman. Their travels from New York back home to Chicago should have been simple, but ends up being a ridiculously difficult and complex series of events and changes of transportation modes. Their mishaps are truly funny, partially because of the characters and their straight-faced reactions to ridiculous events.
Candy, especially, is a silly but tragic figure, and this movie really shows what a comic talent he was. Sure, the ending is sappy, but it fits and brings a needed sense of closure to this sprawling Thanksgiving comedy.
This movie will make you laugh and cry all at the same time. A heart warming comedy classic and a Christmas must watch !
Film #57 of the 100 Movie Challenge
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a rather hilarious, if not predictable outing that's led by two charismatic characters, each with their own individually brilliant moments.
I didn't exactly watch the whole thing, but I did get smashed and watched the scene where John Candy's character jams to Ray Charles while driving on Youtube for at least 90 minutes. Merry Christmas, you fucks.
Eat a dick, Due Date.
Terrifically funny, even after almost thirty years.
Sure buddy films of this type are some of the most common comedy films out there, but this one feels different. There's a real heart and depth to both of the lead characters. Steve Martin and John Candy are both equally great. They play off each other incredibly well. Neither one of them steals the spotlight. Both provide many laugh out loud moments.
If you agree that this film is the finest comedy ever, we'll get along splendidly...
You know, one of those movies you always meant to get around to but never really did. Can't say I'm the world's hugest Steve Martin fan, or John Candy fan for that matter, but when I saw the end coming I nearly lost my shit - and then it stuck the landing like nobody's bidness.
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