Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) – Encore Review 6


“Eh, look, I don’t want to be rude, but I’m not much of a conversationalist, and I really want to finish this article, a friend of mine wrote it, so…” – Neal

“Don’t let me stand in your way, please don’t let me stand in your way. The last thing I want to be remembered as is an annoying blabbermouth… You know, nothing grinds my gears worse than some chowderhead that doesn’t know when to keep his big trap shut… If you catch me running off with my mouth, just give me a poke on the chubbs..” – Del

Number of Times Seen – Too numerous to count (Theater in ’87, cable, video, DVD, 10 Jun 2013, 25 Dec 2014, 19 Jul 2016, 27 Dec 2017, 18 Dec 2018, 1 Jan 2020 and 19 Nov 2020)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A businessman tries to travel from New York to Chicago and get home before Thanksgiving, but everything that can go wrong, does.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw when it came out in the theater over 33 years ago and it is still counted among my all time favorite films especially given the upbeat tone of the story.

s a rod trip movie, this film works so well in helping establish these characters and the journey that they end up taking together.

There are so many memorable scenes and antics that it’s so hard to tire of watching things happen.

The film’s story is et up so well and the way that things move along is great.

The characters are developed really well and it’s extremely easy to relate to them and everything that happens to them along the way.

John Candy and Steve Martin are perfectly cast in the two lead roles and have definitely been able to create some very iconic characters who are both memorable and poignant in everything that they do.

John Hughes’ script is amazing written and the story is filled with some great scenes and dialogue that work so well for keeping things fun the entire way through.

The film’s message about friendship, family and the holidays is quite powerful and helps keep things so moving despite the humor of it all.

The choice to keep the runtime down to a tight 90 minutes was very wise and despite wanting to spend more time with these characters, the film is able to keep the story quite succint with great pacing that helps keep things so interesting and engaging throughout.

Bottom Line – Hilarious road trip movie that is so memorable no matter how often one sees it. The story is perfectly set up and the characters are developed so well over the course of the film that we can easily relate to them and the various situations that they find themselves in over the course of the film.  Candy and Martin are superb in this film and they are able to create very memorable and poignant characters in this movie. Hughes’ script is amazing and is filled with so many classic scenes and dialogue that work so well the whole way through. The film’s message about friendship, family and the holidays rings true throughout. The 90 minute run time is perfect because it moves in such at such a great pace that helps keep the viewers interest throughout. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Marathon Car Rental scene is exactly one minute long from the time Steve Martin starts his tirade, to the time the attendant ends the scene. In that sixty seconds, the “F” word is used eighteen times. The film would’ve easily been rated PG or PG-13 by the MPAA if it weren’t for this one scene. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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