Plane, Trains and Automobiles

This is one of those comedy classics that still gets mentioned a lot, and you know what, it’s still a great movie. I tend not to like a movie in which the protagonist is constantly experiencing a barrage of difficulties — which is pretty much what this entire movie is about — but I think the remarkable performance by John Candy makes it all bearable. So many memorable moments, and that happy ending is well deserved. In a way you can see how this is going to lead Hughes into making Home Alone — which is a bit sad, because I would have liked him to do more brat pack movies — but it’s hard to think about comedy movies in the 80s and not include this.

By Jean Snow

Production Services Manager at Ubisoft Shanghai. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.