Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Release Date: November 25th, 1987

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hr. 33 min.

Directed By: John Hughes

Cast: Steve Martin, John Candy, William Windom, Laila Robins, Michael McKean


Neal Page’s plane is delayed, then cancelled. He has to try and figure out a way to make it home in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately for him, he decides to team up with Del Griffith, an overly friendly yet sometimes abnoxious shower curtain ring salesman. This decision may be the worst or the best of Neal’s life.


Even though this movie is a Thanksgiving film, I watch it for Christmas. In fact, I already watched it earlier this year, after finally buying the DVD.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is such a classic comedy. Both Steve Martin and John Candy did a fantastic job in both their roles. Even though Neal is the main character, he can be pretty stuck up and rude at times so you do have some sympathy for this character but not a ton. Del on the other hand is a really genuinely nice guy. He is the main reason why terrible things have happened to Neal (without his knowledge) and you really like his character.

The movie offers a lot of funny moments and a good amount of laughs. One in particular is the scene where Neal and Del have to share a room and a bed. When they wake up in the morning, they share a “tender” moment followed by a hilarious yet awkward one. The scene always cracks me up.

The movie really only focuses on these two characters. From time to time, we see glimpses of Neal’s family, but they really aren’t a big part of the movie. When Neal realizes why Del hasn’t been home in years near the end of the movie, it just brings everything together and offers a really nice moment between the two.



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