It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
John Hughes was king of the 1980s teen flicks, but he had more strings to his bow than just adolescent romance issues. He also concocted this often hilarious tale of one man’s quest to get home for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and all that got in his way – and it was based on actual experience by the writer. With Steve Martin in possibly his funniest role (that’s a big call, we know) and John Candy at his roly-poly, goofball best, it still stands today as a milestone in comedy moviemaking.
It’s also great for the whole family, save perhaps for the ONE scene in the whole film that lets loose any F-words swears, and the impact of the torrent of abuse that Martin assails one car rental counter clerk with – including 18 F-words in a minute – is monumental. You may want to block the kids’ ears for these 60 seconds.
Four reasons why Planes, Trains and Automobiles rocks
1. Steve Martin and John Candy at the top of their respective games.
2. Genuinely funny comedy with genuine heart.
3. Silicon Teens’ (actually Mute Records supremo Daniel Miller) ace synthpop take on ’50s rock instrumental Red River Rock.
4. THAT car rental scene, obviously.
Check out STACK‘s other Friday Flick recommendations here.