Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles ★★★★

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. 1987. Directed by John Hughes.

One of father’s favorite comedies from the eighties was Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Unfortunately, my father died today at 2:45 pm from a three year battle with cancer. So, I in his memory, and to assist with the onset of grief, we decided to rewatch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. John Hughes mastered the art of physical comedy and comedic timing in this timeless jewel. Steve Martin and John Candy are on their way home for Thanksgiving (which is when my father would view this film) and they share differing views of how they approach life and the people around them. John Candy is a shower curtain ring salesman and Steve Martin is a serious marketing executive. As a result, Martin has the ego necessary to survive in his corporate arena and a great deal of that ego spills over into how he asserts himself with civilians. Martin desperately wants to be home on time with his family for Thanksgiving and he is willing to do just about anything to get to Chicago. Nevertheless, every vehicle that Martin steps into has problems. Candy, despite his lack of ability to be a corporate executive, has skills with civilians that enable him to cope with the dire luck of this duo’s predicaments. I found myself laughing out loud for the entire run time. I had cried for minutes before this. But, I am using my coping skills to move forward with my life just as Martin and Candy. I recommend this film to John Hughes fans and fans of comedies. 


Thank you to all of my LB friends for your interest in my account. I will continue to post reviews. Grief is a battle that all humans must cope with. After my father’s death, I will certainly rely on family, friends, and cinema to get me through this challenging time. It is therapeutic to watch and write daily. Thank you.


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