Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 25, 1987
DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to the impeccable chemistry between Steve Martin and John Candy, as well as a deft mix of humor and heart, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a hilarious, heartfelt holiday classic.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Pretty dispensable.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Essentially, it's the stars' keenly observed nuances of character that make this comedy amiable enough.

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Argun Ulgen

A hilarious and poignant film that would prove to be particularly relevant in the upcoming years.

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Richard Schickel
TIME 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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Planes,Trains and Automobiles is a very funny film.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The script and direction by Hughes ... amount to wobbly passes that Martin and Candy turn into touchdowns anyway.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

One of the funniest films ever made...

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Classic 80s buddy comedy about two travelers whose paths keep crossing during a chaotic thanksgiving trip home. Just one of the those films you could watch over… More
Phil Hubbs
Possibly THE best Martin and Candy comedy made, so many classic laughs, classic dialog and some classic scenes which are simply perfect comedy played out by two… More
Manu Gino
Steve Martin had no reason to panic...until John Candy came along. Good Comedy! Steve Martin and John Candy don't just act; they embody themselves so… More
Alex roy
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a John Hughes classic. After seeing most of films, you realize how great John Hughes was at crafting a solid comedy film.… More
Melvin White
Del: You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I'm an easy target. Yeah, you're right, I talk too much. I also listen too… More
Lady D'arbanville
Not exactly what I was expecting from this 80's Comedy Classic and yet it still made for easy watching tv.