Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

Directed by John Hughes

Starring Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean


Damn hilarious. Two really funny guys, and a touching story. Great cast, complete with a few of Hughes’ personal troupe. Hughes has a knack for portraying humor as a part of everyday life, and not as the norm. A few of the scenes were copied from Hughes’ earlier work, National Lampoon’s Vacation (sleeping at the wheel, etc.), but who cares, they were funny anyway.

Notable addition of footage for the TV version, especially on the airplane. And the edited scenes, especially Martin’s “fucking car” scene, are horrible (different takes without the swear words). They just don’t fit, and you lose a lot of the comedy in the original film version.

All John Hughes movies seem to feature Candy as a man with a lost love and a new appreciation for people as a whole, ending with a still of Candy smiling, here and in Uncle Buck. And he also liked having bits after the credits rolled, here and in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Featuring Stillwell from A League of Their Own on the bus.

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