Planes, Trains and Automobiles:

                30th Anniversary  

                                       review by Bobby Blakey

Two of the most iconic comedic actors around are Steve Martin and the late great John Candy. 30 years ago they teamed up for the comedy Planes, Trains, and Automobiles directed by the late John Hughes. Now Paramount is bringing this classic comedy home to Blu-ray and DVD.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles follows a businessman who is struggling to get home for Thanksgiving, but burdened by one travel mishap after another, as well as the company of an annoying traveling salesman. I will admit as a kid in the 80s I loved pretty much all things John Hughes like everyone else, but this movie just never connected with me. I have no idea why either because after revisiting it with this new release I loved it. This is yet another vintage outing for Hughes showcasing everything that made all of his films become such classics. Martin and Candy are at their best here playing off of each other to perfection while still offering up everything you could want from each of them. It’s rare nowadays to get actors that always deliver no matter what they are in, but both of these guys always do just that. A bad movie with these guys is still great, but this one is one of the best that either of them ever did in my opinion.

Watching this I realized how much I missed both of them in theaters, but even more so Candy who always brought such a big presence to his over the top loveable characters and knowing there will never be anyone like him again. This classic not only offers up all the fun laughs and heart that fans expect of a Hughes film, but it also features early performances from Kevin Bacon, Ben Stein, Michael McKean, and Edie McClurg that makes it all the more fun to watch.

This is a must have for any fans of films or the cast and not only features the film, but bonus content including a deleted scene, a tribute to John Candy and numerous featurettes that take you behind the film and the legacy of John Hughes. Grab your copy of Planes, Trains and Automobiles available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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