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.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Mainstream audiences should readily identify with the series of tribulations and woes that befall the Everyman Martin in this good-natured, albeit predictable comedy.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Pretty dispensable.

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Juan Carlos Coto
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

John Hughes, the master of adolescent angst, finally has grown up. Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a hilarious comedy without troubled teen-agers.

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Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Planes,Trains and Automobiles is a very funny film.

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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.

Matt Brunson
Film Frenzy

Its expert blend of (mostly) comedy and (some) drama results in the most emotionally engaging of all John Hughes films.

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Gavin Bainbridge
Empire Magazine

A warm, mature offering from Hughes, with Martin's restraint a perfect counterpoint to Candy's enormous (and enormously amusing) fooling around.

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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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Rachel Wagner
Rachel's Reviews (YouTube)

A hilarious comedy from the 80s that holds up

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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.