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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)Watch the trailer!

Our pairing of end-of-year holiday films begins with a film about getting home for Thanksgiving. Directed by legendary film-maker John Hughes, this movie tells the story of marketing executive Neal Page (Steve Martin), who is just trying to get from New York to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving with his family when a winter storm throws a wrench in his plans. Add to that the excruciatingly-annoying interference by one Del Griffith (John Candy), a shower curtain ring salesman, and that fact that their paths seem inextricably crossed over the next 48 hours, and you have a recipe for a comically-uncomfortable buddy travel picture. With cameos from Michael McKean, Kevin Bacon, Dylan Baker, and Edie McClurg, this film is a one hour and 33 minute explanation of just how wrong things can go when you simply try to catch a flight home!

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