Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)



Directed by John Hughes

In this comedy, all that Neal Page (Steve Martin) wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been cancelled due to bad weather, so he decides on other means of transport. As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del Griffith (John Candy), Shower Curtain Ring Salesman and all-around blabbermouth, who is never short of advice, conversation, bad jokes, or company. All Neal wants to do is to get rid of this nuisance, but this proves to be more than impossible.

I couldn’t believe I had never viewed this movie before! It kept me laughing the whole time with its wacky story and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen to these men next. I especially liked how throughout all the aggravation and chaos, there was a nice sentimental touch at the end which somehow made the whole disastrous trip worthwhile for the two leading characters. I was surprised to learn that this director has done other favorite works of mine such as Uncle Buck and Ferris Bueller’s Day off. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is definitely a classic.


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