Pack your bags, hold your designer shower curtain rings, and don’t forget your passport because we’re about to travel back to 1987 for a look back on John Hughes. Planes, Trains and Automobiles. This legendary heartfelt comedy stars Steve Martin and John Candy as Neal Page and Del Griffith, respectively. The story revolves around a Chicago publicist’s (Martin) struggle to travel home from New York for Thanksgiving, with a lovable shower curtain ring salesman (Candy) his only company. .
Considered by many as a departure for Hughes, Planes, Trains and Automobiles It shines thanks to the excellent chemistry of Martin and Candy as two comic titans who trade blows throughout the misadventure. Interestingly, early test screenings identified the film as a flop, with audiences saying both characters were not likable. After going back to the drawing board and introducing new plot elements, Hughes struck the perfect balance for the odd couple. The film was a critical success upon its release, but how does the film hold up? Join us as we look back on what many consider one of the greatest comedies of all time, Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
Planes, trains and cars reviewed was written, edited, and narrated by Matthew Hacunda.