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.
(...)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.(...)
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.
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.