Since it came out a year before I was born, I never got to know Planes, Trains and Automobiles when it was new. While Steven Martin's prime was not during my generation, I do know who he is, and John Candy too. I heard it was a pretty good movie, and I knew I'd eventually get around to watching it.
The film is about Neal Page, who is working in New York City right before Thanksgiving. He has little time before he has to get to his plane. He rushes through New York City's streets to get to the airport. With a lot of luck, he makes it there in time. But the flight can't make it to Chicago to his disappointment.
He gets stuck traveling with Del Griffith who is sweet, optimistic, but too darn annoying to tolerate for very long. They both run into a lot of bad luck which has them take every option in order to get home by the holiday. Though Neal might lose his marbles by the time their journey is over and done with.
The movie wasn't quite as funny as I had hoped, but it's still a very likable film. Both characters work (or should I say not work) well with each other and provide a good number of laughs. I can certainly see why this is considered a classic instead of becoming a forgettable comedy. I don't think there are too many people who can dislike this one.