It’s the holiday season and while this week’s movie, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is set during the Thanksgiving holiday, its theme of travel misery is befitting of any time when you’re desperately trying to get someplace and its seems like kismet is working hard to ensure that you do not.
Starring a top of form Steve Martin and the late great John Candy – also top of his game – this John Hughes film from 1987 is one of the funniest, and at the same time most heart-warming movies I’ve ever seen. Martin plays an account manager for a marketing firm, and all he wants to do is get from a client meeting in New York to his home in the Chicago suburbs so he can spend Thanksgiving with his family. Candy plays a sweet but boorish traveling salesman who alternately aids and stymies Martin’s efforts to get home.
One of the coolest things about the film is all the character actors who show up throughout. Those include Martin Ferrreo – who would later get eaten by a dinosaur while sitting on the crapper in Jurassic Park, Spinal Tap’s Michael McKean, and former Nixon speechwriter and master of the monotone, Ben Stein. The movie is really about as perfectly cast as it is scripted. Check out the trailer – and a little extra treat – after the jump, and if you’re traveling this holiday season, try not to talk to any strangers. … Continue Reading