Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles ★★★★★

The genre of comedy doesn’t get any better than in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. 

Being that it’s a Thanksgiving related film, this has been a staple in my home for many years. You’d think that after at least a dozen viewings the comedy would get stale, but that’s not the case for this movie. Every scene has an iconic moment in it, whether it be the “Those aren’t pillows!” gag, or driving the car between two semi-trucks, I am always in tears because of how hysterical this movie is. A lot of that is due to John Hughes’s fantastic writing and direction, but even more so to John Candy and Steve Martin’s performances. 

There have been many Snob/Slob matchings in buddy movies prior to this, but none feel as genuine as the relationship shared between Martin and Candy. But it’s not just their comedic chemistry that makes this movie work so well, it’s the more tender and open moments that give the film its earnest feel. I think that’s my biggest problem with modern comedies is how they forget to be genuine, which makes me appreciate Trains, Planes and Automobiles all the more. 

It’s not only one of my favorite holiday themed movies of all time, it’s my favorite comedy of all time.

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