James Clark’s review published on Letterboxd:
When Neal encounters problems travelling at Thanksgiving, he meets up with Del, who tries to ensure that he gets home in time.
American comedy film directed and written by John Hughes.
The plot is a great mix of ideas that are both funny and bittersweet at the same time, and though at the time John Hughes was known for making teen angst movies, the switch to an adult cast works incredibly well. The story is a joy to behold and is so well written that the mix of comedy and emotion has the ability to connect with many different viewers on many different levels, and never grows old.
The production values are great, all of which adds volumes to the story, all of which is perfectly complimented by the original soundtrack composed by Ira Newborn, Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks.
The small cast all play their roles to the max, and the on-screen chemistry between Steve Martin and John Candy shows through in every scene.
The special effects are virtually non-existent, but the few physical gags are well executed, adding to the overall enjoyment.
All in all, Planes, Trains And Automobiles is a classic movie that works perfectly on every level and rightly deserves all the acclaim it has been awarded by critics and fans alike.