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Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Were it not for its profanity-laden opening scenes, John Hughes' Planes, Trains and Automobiles might have been suitable family entertainment: certainly it's heaps less violent and mean-spirited than Hughes' Home Alone. En route to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, easily annoyed businessman Neal Page (Steve Martin) finds his first-class plane ticket has been demoted to coach, and he must share his flight with obnoxious salesman Del Griffith (John Candy). A sudden snowstorm in Chicago forces the plane to land in Wichita. Unable to find a room in any of the four-star… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Pretty dispensable."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Essentially, it's the stars' keenly observed nuances of character that make this comedy amiable enough."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Planes,Trains and Automobiles is a very funny film."
‑ Marc Lee, Daily Telegraph
"The finest comedy screenplay John Hughes ever wrote."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A warm, mature offering from Hughes, with Martin's restraint a perfect counterpoint to Candy's enormous (and enormously amusing) fooling around."
‑ Gavin Bainbridge, Empire Magazine
"It is, of course, always a pleasure to watch Martin's steam-gauge face register his rising internal pressures and to witness his exquisitely expressed blowoffs. But Candy offers even more insinuating delights."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The film does have its scattered moments. But too often, the audience has as much reason as Del and Neal do to wonder where, if anywhere, they are going."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"One of the funniest films ever made..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Typically Hughes: funny, zany, silly, a little bit dull and annoying, and, eventually, a whole lot sentimental."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"What distinguishes this film from others in the genre is the undercurrent of melancholy between the laughs."
‑ Brian Holcomb,
"Man versus technology has been one of the staples of screen comedy since the earliest silent days, and Hughes makes the most of the format here packing as many of the frustrations of modern life as he can into this calamitous travelog of roadside America."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The script and direction by Hughes ... amount to wobbly passes that Martin and Candy turn into touchdowns anyway."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A surprisingly powerful, and incredibly funny, little movie led by two terrific performances and John Hughes' razor sharp script."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Expertly executed and very funny road movie that mixes physical, verbal and situational comedy to memorable and highly likeable effect."
‑ , Film4
"Producer-director-writer Hughes infuses his film with an appealing sense of sentiment and humanity -- not to mention many hilarious scenes."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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