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Friday, 29 May 2015

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES [1987]

Considered by it's two starring lead's a favorite film of their own, the road trip buddy comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles marks a departure from director John Hughes' usual teen movies of the time.
The premise is quite familiar: uptight Steve Martin wants to go home for Thanksgiving and his uninvited travel companion, the care-free John Candy, unintentionally sees to it that it won't be a mere hop, skip & jump.  Simplicity aside, everything about the film is set in all the right places.  The casting is perfect, the increasingly funny tale unfolds with subtle poignancy and comfort because it's storytelling & characters are straight-up real.  Like The Breakfast Club and fine wine, the film only gets better with age.

4 shower curtain rings out of 5

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