Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!
Let’s take a look at one of the best comedy movies ever made. I’m not sure if it’s forgotten or overshadowed. In 1987 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles was released. It was directed, produced, and written by John Hughes. It features actors Steve Martin and John Candy as the leading men. They are a comedic dream team and two of my personal favorites. One thing to remember about this movie, Thanksgiving is involved. The movie is based on director John Hughes’s real-life experience. It was based on him working in New York City and needing to get back to Chicago to see his family.
Steve Martin’s character Neal Page is an uptight businessman while John Candy plays Dale Griffith, an obnoxious salesman. It starts with Neal trying to get a cab, only to have Del get it first. From there it’s one crazy ride and adventure. The two do not get along at first and continue to find themselves in certain situations that are stressful for the holidays.
This movie has many memorable scenes. Scenes that make me laugh out loud thinking about them. Such as when Neal and Dale wake up snuggling after sharing a bed together, only to find out they were robbed. Another classic scene happens when Neal and Del find themselves in a car. Let’s just say they make a regular car ride into an expedition that ends with the car blowing. However, Neal’s Wallet is still in the car making getting home an even bigger struggle. Steve Martin’s epic F-bomb tirade in this movie will never go away.
This movie also hits you in the feels. Throughout the movie Neal has a hard time ridding himself of Dale. We later find out that Dale just needed a friend, as his wife recently passed and he didn’t want to spend the holiday alone. Neal soon realizes this and shows Dale compassion asking him to have dinner with his family.
This movie is the definition of an American classic. It is filled with laughs and it makes sure to hit you in all the right spots. John Candy and Steve Martin were fantastic together.
If you have not seen this film it is a MUST watch.
Please check out my podcast on the film below.