Planes, Trains and Automobiles
What he really wanted was to spend Thanksgiving with his family. What he got was three days with the turkey.
Think you've had a bad day? At every turn, marketing exec Neal Page's plans to get home to his family for Thanksgiving get foiled, and somehow the loudmouthed, idiosyncratic fellow traveler Del Griffith is always right next to him driving him nuts.
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....
''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!
"THOSE AREN'T PILLOWS!"
Everything about this is just flawless. Don't ask me how, it just is. You've the two fantastic characters, the now-iconic comic set pieces, unbelievably hilarious and instantly quotable dialogue, one of the most heartwarming endings ever and His Holiness John Candy. I've seen this probably about 50 times now and it never fails to make me smile. A lot.
John Hughes is a genius. From start to finish this movie is hilarious. This film really captures how it would be like to be stuck with an annoying person. Also Steve Martin's character is great in this. As is John Candy. I love the scene when John Candy's character is driving and first his coat gets stuck then he starts driving the wrong way and to top it all off the car catches on fire. There are some great little moments too. Like crashing into a motel. The script is very well written. Also it is well acted. It really makes the audience feel for Steve Martin's character and want him to make it home. This is a very enjoyable movie that I plan to watch again soon. Absolutely worth a watch.
I’m serious when I say john candy should've got an Oscar for his role in this perfect movie...I’m sorry I just love this film.
In an almost desolate wasteland of decent Thanksgiving-themed films, Planes, Trains and Automobiles will always reign supreme. While it strays from John Hughes's iconic attachment to 1980s youth in favor of adult responsiblities, it still contains his knack for delivering an onslaught of laughs while later punching us in the gut with a fistful of emotion. It also happens to be his finest work, and in turn relatively underrated.
And for the umpteenth time, not only am I reminded of what Thanksgiving should truly be celebrated for, but I realize that the world would be a better and brighter place if John Candy were still in it. Del Griffith remains his best performance, as well as one of the most engrossingly human characters to be found in a comedy.
Watched it with my girlfriend and she really liked it too. Great film to watch with others.
Music still sucks.
Has aged surprisingly well.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles like all or most John Hughes films are founded on the fundamental natures of its actors. Perfectly cast and constructed decisively flowing like a plane in the clouds, steaming like the orient express and hurrying like an automobile down a German Autobahn. Steve Martin and John Candy embody themselves in this film and that’s where the comedy lies…
Films like Planes, Trains and Automobiles get favourable reviews back then in the 80s and now in the 2010’s and it probably will continue to do so as it affects everyone’s ‘core’ feelings, freedom, entrapment, disillusionment, frustration, happiness, guilt, remorse, appreciation and of course love and affection; its all there and the film continues to live in the…
The quintessential Thanksgiving movie with a perfect balance of humour and heart. Sometimes it goes a little overboard with the cheese but it was the 80s so you gotta give it a break.
Instead of giving my own review, I'm going to reference one that I think perfectly encapsulates this film.
"Planes, Trains and Automobiles is founded on the essential natures of its actors. It is perfectly cast and soundly constructed, and all else flows naturally. Steve Martin and John Candy don't play characters; they embody themselves. That's why the comedy, which begins securely planted in the twin genres of the road movie and the buddy picture, is able to reveal so much heart and truth." - Roger Ebert
"You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I'm an easy target. Yeah, you're right. I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you, but I don't like to hurt people's feelings. Well, you think what you want about me. I'm not changing. I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. 'Cause I'm the real article. What you see is what you get."
A Thanksgiving classic and a great warm up to the Christmas movie season. This is John Candy's greatest movie and he will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
Quite funny at times, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is actually somewhat more of a drama in my eyes, though a very subtle and hilarious one at that. When it does it's dramatic sequences, it is breathtaking, as it captures such raw and real emotion. I can identify with Del in this film, because even though most people don't like me because I'm too annoying and clingy, I like me. And Del likes himself also. That moment just hits me in a way that is so real and true. The performances are also well done on the whole, as Steve Martin does do this very well, and John Candy captures the confident fragility of Del.
If I were to have any…
I think I watched half of this a few years ago. I certainly never saw the whole thing before last night, when I watched it with my family after a kind of second Thanksgiving dinner. It's a great movie, pretty obviously. The pairing of Steve Martin's put-upon businessman with John Candy's pushy and sometimes abrasive shower ring salesman is one of the best comedic duos I've seen. John Hughes does a great job of capturing each reaction to the endless stream of indignities on this trek back to home for the Thanksgiving festivities. There are numerous laugh out loud moments but it's the quiet sadness that Candy taps into on occasion that pulls this film together into not only a great comedy but a great film, and a perfect reminder of how holidays can be both joyous and sad at the same time as we mourn for those no longer with us and celebrate with those who still live.