Thankful for PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES


As most of you prepare for your holiday, I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  If you're looking for a movie to watch after some time with the family and friends, I highly recommend what I consider to be the ultimate Thanksgiving film: the comedy Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

This is still, without a doubt, one of the funniest flicks of all time, and perfect for the holiday.  Written and directed by John Hughes, the story follows a man (played by Steve Martin at his best) trying to get home for Thanksgiving dinner.  Anyone who has had to travel on Thanksgiving Day knows the torment poor Neal Page has to go through, hopping from one mode of transportation to another, with bad luck following him at every turn.  He's also followed by the most annoying human being on Earth (played with comic brilliance by John Candy).  Del Griffith is the travel companion from hell, and audiences totally relate to Steve Martin's character as he tries to get away from the loon, but by the end of the film, Neal (and viewers) comes to love the big lug and sees his heart of gold.

The movie is hilarious with great writing and terrific physical humor (and who can forget that classic motel scene? "Those aren't pillows!!!") 

See the uncensored version if you can, because Steve Martin's profanity-laced tirade in one scene is another highlight.

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