Stanley Scorsese’s review published on Letterboxd:
Has anything been more stressful than getting home on time for the holidays? I know it’s unrelated to use it, but I find this quote ironic from Joker. “I use to think my life was a tragedy. But now I realize it’s a comedy.”
Planes, Trains & Automobiles follows an unfortunate guy who can’t catch a break trying to get home for Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, he’s forced to be stuck with another guy all the way home.
I know this review is 2 weeks late, but I’ve forgotten about it and I’ve really missed this movie. Anyways, this is a bonafide classic! This was shown to me in math class when I was in high school. Me and the rest of the class got to watch awesome movies after we got done with a test. It went from Catch Me If You Can, Cinderella Man, The Goonies, and Gladiator. Yeah, my math teacher had some good shit! We watched this movie when we were done with our exams for Christmas break, and out of all the awesome movies she showed us, this was my personal favorite!
The acting and the chemistry from Steve Martin and John Candy was excellent! Martin plays Neal Page, a marketing executive who’s ready to be home for Thanksgiving with his family. He’s on a business trip in New York City and he seems to have a hard time trying to get home in Chicago due to flight delays, snow storms, trains breaking down, buses leaving him in the middle of nowhere with no rental car, and to top it off, he’s stuck with an annoying guy with a heart of gold. Candy plays Del Griffith, a shower curtain ring salesman who’s also going to Chicago. And together, they both get lost in this weird and unfortunately hilarious journey to get home. You feel sorry for Neal and you want to see him get home for the holidays, but at the same time, you feel sorry for Del for being a lonely guy. He’s a lonely guy who has no home to go to, and his wife has been gone for 8 years. Yeah, you do feel annoyed at some of the stuff he does, but you can’t help but feel bad for him. Whoever thought of having these 2 comic actors working together would’ve worked? This hilarious chemistry between these 2 guys was simply the best thing in this movie!
This was probably the first movie John Hughes directed where it wasn’t about a bunch of quirky, whiny, or pissed off teenagers. No disrespect to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles or The Breakfast Club, those are classics. But in my opinion, this was a breath of fresh air to see something new from him in the ‘80s. He’s also written other classics like Home Alone, Vacation, Christmas Vacation, and Pretty in Pink. But this is honestly the best movie he’s ever written and directed. Bar freaking none!
I feel that these types of situations are accurate. Because these types of situations can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. No matter what you try to do or how angry you get when you’re stressed, you’re going to get a ridiculous and unfortunate outcome. It does suck, but let’s hope that it doesn’t get 100% worse at once. And another thing it’s trying to tell you is to be kind and considerate to others. As crappy the situations are, when someone’s wanting to help, you try not to be an ungrateful and cynical jackass to that person.
This film is a laugh-out-loud riot! It will want you coming back for more and more laughs every time you watch it. There’s literally no negatives about this movie, it’s simply a heartwarming, hilarious, and memorable film to watch for the holidays! So if there’s any of you who are fans of ‘80s comedies, fans of Steve Martin and John Candy, then do yourself a favor and buy this on Blu-Ray, or stream it! You’ll laugh your ass off and have a fun time!
I’m giving Planes, Trains & Automobiles 5 stars!