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Planes, Trains and Automobiles, created by John Hughes: a Film Review


Neal Page, a marketing account executive, is in New York on a business trip.  As the final meeting runs long it looks like he might miss his flight to be back home in Chicago with his family by 9pm that night to begin Thanksgiving festivities.  Unfortunately it looks like fate has other plans for Neal as his plane is first delayed, his first class ticket turns to a seat in coach, and he ends up seated next to the man that stole his cab on the way to the airport.  Things go from bad to worse when the plane is forced to reroute and land in Wichita, Kansas.

How will Neal get home?  Will any number of Planes, Trains or Automobiles get him back to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving in time for dinner?  And what will he learn along the way?

General Information:

-Genre: Comedy

-Creator: John Hughes

-Length: 92 minutes

-Rating: R (for extreme profanity,

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Steve Martin, John Candy

-Page of Reference in RP2: 184

Review (contains spoilers):

So I’ve never seen this film and because it takes place on Thanksgiving weekend in the United States I thought it would be fitting to watch on Thanksgiving day.

This was a really fun John Hughes flick.  It had some of what I am familiar with from his teen comedies (the outcast, the “popular” kid, the happy ending with the lovers coming together….) but it was tied up in a “Road movie” style.  Really wonderful.

It was funny, witty and heartfelt even if some of the situations in it seem farfetched (I’ve never heard of a cigarette butt flying out one window and back into the backseat of a car to set it on fire, or people falling for shower curtain rings being earrings).  But it is a really fun movie.  And one of the few that is really a movie about Thanksgiving.

And the ending has a lovely message.  That sometimes those of us who are lonely are the most vocal.  And sometimes letting someone into your home is the best thing you can do for them…even if they were a total stranger a few days before.

So Happy Thanksgiving from here in the States. Even though this year is hard…its always good to look to something to be thankful for. Sometimes that’s just a hot meal and a good movie.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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