Friday, January 27, 2012

Steve Martin Month: Planes, Trains and Automobiles 9+ out of 10 1987

Planes, Trains and Automobiles  1987  9+ out of 10

Steve Martin is having a bad day trying to get home for the holidays and then he hooks up with John Candy in one of his best roles as Dell the shower curtain salesman.  The pairing is perfect, the laughs are classic.  This is a nearly perfect road picture.   Hollywood tried to remake this sort of with Due Date starring  Robert Downey Jr.  but all I could think of while watching that movie was this is no Planes, Trains and Automobiles.   Steve's character Neal reluctantly teams up with Dell in a search for anyway to get back to Chicago for Thanksgiving and the adventure to get there is a blast.  With one disaster after another.  Then after all the laughs the film has a real heart at the perfect ending.  Steve Martin  and John Candy work so good together in this film

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