See those guys up there intently studying their watches? They are wondering whether it’s 10/9c yet, because that’s when “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” starts tonight. That’s right, we’re bringing John Hughes’ classic adult comedy…er, make that comedy for adults to IFC tonight and we are so excited.
Were it not for its profanity-laden opening scenes,”Planes, Trains and Automobiles” would almost be entertainment for the whole family. In fact there are fewer boobs than in “Sixteen Candles” and way less violence than in Hughes’ “Home Alone.”
Just in case you don’t watch this movie every Thanksgiving with your family, which you so totally should, here’s a synopsis of the story: En route to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, 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). Things go down hill from there for Neal, but uphill for anyone who loves a good comedy. A sudden snowstorm in Chicago forces the plane to land in Wichita. Unable to find a room in any of the four-star hotels, Neal is compelled to accept Del’s invitation to share his accommodations in a cheapo-sleazo motel bed. (Let’s all so it together: THOSE AREN’T PILLOWS!) Driven to distraction by Del’s annoying personal habits, the ungrateful Neal lets forth with a stream of verbal abuse. That’s when Del delivers the anticipated (but always welcome) “I don’t judge, why should you?”-type speech so common to John Hughes flicks. The shamefaced Neal tries to make up to Del, which just adds to the general hilarity as the two travel by the titular plane, trains, and automobiles (and a refrigerator truck!) as they try to make their way back to Chicago.
Tune in tonight and see for yourself that it is The Best:
“Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” airs tonight at 10/9c