NYC marketing executive Neal Page 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…
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A hilarious road comedy that keeps contriving new ways to have a really, really bad day. Steve Martin’s barely-polite scowl is great, but it’s Candy who completes the odd couple and makes the film’s sentimental scenes work. After his pitch-perfect performance in the hotel sequence, the film has nowhere else to go emotionally, but it keeps getting laughs nonetheless.
I loved this when I was younger but re-watching it nowadays I wonder why? I just don't think the duo of Martin and Candy pairing up really works that well. Candy really puts in the work load of this film on comedy and emotion but Martin just feels detached for the whole film. It does have it's moments to be fair (those aren't pillows, I want a fucking car) but reaching the end it's starting to breath of fumes.
This film continues to outclass its imitators and remain a comedy classic. I think a lot of that has to do with John Hughes: his writing and direction is so strong, you feel every bit of the characters' troubles, even as you're constantly laughing. Martin and Candy have both called this film a personal favorite in their careers, and you can see that joy in the quality of their performances.
(...)In Planes, Trains And Automobiles gehts nicht darum, dass sich durch die andauernde Geiselhaft aus zwei Typen, die nicht zusammen passen, Freunde werden. In einem schlechteren Film hätte man die Handlung darauf beschränken können. In Hughes Komödie aber geht es um Empathie. Es geht darum zu verstehen, was der Andere fühlt.(...)
has a nice blend of humor and heart ..here comedy rises from the situation's in which protagonists end up in.. their characters,their reactions make the situation laughable ..even though it might not seem so to them..enjoyable film
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.