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.
I rewatched this today because I read here that Adam Sandler and Kevin James are remaking it under the new title of "Segways, Google Maps and Übers".
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…
Showed this to my parents last night and neither of them was reduced to a sobbing mess. Monsters.
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…
Absolute comedic classic. John Candy and Steve Martin have impeccable comedic timing, and there's a lot of heart in the movie too. One of Hughes's best.
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So. "Planes, Trains, And Automobiles."
"I was wondering if I could appeal to your good nature," mentions Neal Page (Steve Martin) in an early scene, asking a total stranger for his taxi cab. "I have no good nature," responds the ungracious stranger. So begins an endless barrage of accidents, mishaps, inconveniences, and all-around bad luck that prevent Neal from making it home in time for Thanksgiving. Out of desperation, the rigid advertising executive partners up with another man in a cross-country journey to get home. The man's name is Del Griffith (John Candy), and unlike the aforementioned stranger, Del seems to only have good nature to his character. Unfortunately, much to Neal's annoyance, Del's…
The Turkey Day classic that never gets old!
The ultimate Thanksgiving film (not that it has too much competition) with John Candy on absolutely fine form as usual - anything he says just instantly triggers a laugh.
Blends comedy with a few instances of drama to perfection and the amazingly 80s score by Ira Newborn is one to behold.
Will definitely be watching this every Thanksgiving for sure now
This movie never fails to delight. I've seen it a couple dozen times probably and it never gets old. I know so much of it by heart. So many classic lines. Such a great script. I love this flick. What else is there to say?
My Thanksgiving staple, and one of the best John Hughes comedies around. Candy and Martin make one of the most dynamic and pathetically hilarious duos in the genre by displaying a unique chemistry only they could pull off. It's a reluctant relationship forged out of unfortunate circumstances, and the two make a perfect display a two opposites who attract, much to the detriment of perpetually annoyed and unlucky character of Steve Martin. John Candy displays a a rambunctious energy that is just completely oblivious to just how much he annoys and grates on Martin's beaten down man of misfortune, and the result is wholly amusing in every way. Situational comedy is done to perfection, and it's a premise that's been often imitated but never duplicated.
Since it's Thanksgiving. So I had to.
Honestly, you have to be a cold hearted person if you don't even smile while watching this film.
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