NYC marketing executive Neal Page (Steve Martin, The Pink Panther) has only one ambition: to get to Chicago to be with his wife and kids for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, he finds himself stuck in Wichita, Kansas with a blabbering shower curtain ring salesman named Del Griffith (John Candy, Uncle Buck). At first, Neal finds Del crude and annoying, but eventually both begin to depend on each other to reach Chicago. Little do they realize their journey will yield utter disaster and mutual understanding. –DVDVerdict
Once dubbed the “philosopher of adolescence” by film critic and fellow Chicagoan Roger Ebert, John Hughes made his mark as the man most frequently associated with the 1980s teen angst genre. With his name attached in some form to such genre classics as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Some Kind of Wonderful, Hughes was in large part responsible for defining the cinematic mood of a certain era. From Molly Ringwald’s red hair to Ben Stein’s monotonous “Bueller….Bueller,” the characters and images in his films are still able to evoke a certain nostalgia in people who suffered through adolescence during the 1980s and remain as much of an embodiment of the decade’s culture as shoulder pads and junk bonds.
Originally hailing from Lansing, MI, where he was born February 18, 1950, Hughes was 13 when he moved with his family to the Chicago suburbs. His adopted city would figure largely in his films, providing both a source of inspiration… read more
The Thanksgiving film to end all Thanksgiving films. What seems at first to be a lowbrow buddy comedy reveals itself to be a stunningly detailed portrait of a man trapped within a limbo of loneliness. The all-consuming sadness that permeates this film finally reveals itself in the incredible final five minutes and an especially poignant final shot that calls upon the entire personal history and future of John Candy.