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…
I feel like John Candy just bear hugged me. And I loved it!
Del and Neal are fantastic characters! They're both full of live charisma, witty comebacks, and great chemistry. Just a joy to watch Steve Martin and John Candy to work together onscreen marvelously. Their performances were very good, and the writing is gratifying. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles also presented some very effective moments, an excellent score, and an ending that will surely put a smile on your face.
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…
Classic John Hughes - funny and endearing. Martin and Candy are such a good comedy team. They play off each other so well that it makes the extraordinary circumstances they find themselves in more believable. The zany circumstances aside (and they are quite hilarious) what makes this film a step above other screwball comedies are the quiet character moments - just Martin and Candy in the car/plane/whatever, revealing more and more layers to their characters.
I was actually surprised at how funny this was.
Hilarious throughout, but with some truly poignant moments sprinkled in, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a true comedy classic, with incredible performances by Candy and Martin. One of the few films that I've watched where I've laughed and cried at the same time. [A]
John Candy's untimely death prevented more movies as fabulous as this one. Steve Martin's straight man Neil Page and John Candy's travelling salesman Del Griffith on a road movie.
Its full of laughs and charm and genuinely sad moments.
Man, I miss John Candy.
I get genuinely angry when I meet people who don't like this movie but because I'm so anxious and repressed I just have to stand there and silently develop a stomach ulcer.
PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES is absolutely wonderful. It's hilarious, sweet, and relatable. Steven Martin and John Candy have great chemistry. The film has been mimicked and remade for many years, but none of the wannabes hold a candle to it.
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