Posts Tagged ‘John Candy’

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

November 6, 2012

In all honesty, I did not watch this movie until I was an adult. Even though I was a child of the 80’s and remember a lot of the decade, there were a few classic movies of the 80’s that I missed. I have yet to see Pretty in Pink, Real Genius, or Making the Grade and and only recently seen other movies like St. Elmo’s Fire and 16 Candles for the first time. Now, I have seen most popular movies of that decade and movies like those I’ve just listed just didn’t seem interesting to me, which is strange because I have seen other Brat Pack movies when they were first released. It’s just one of those things.

Anyway, the premise of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles has two strangers who are trying to get back home to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving but has their plane rerouted to Wichita Kansas. They then spend the rest of the movie trying to get home, even though luck is continuously not in their favor. It stars Steve Martin, John Candy, and is directed by the late, great John Hugues.

John Candy really brings the funny with his annoying personality that drives Steve Martin to the brink. Yet, Candy grows on you as you learn more about him. He’s a friendly guy who’s had trying times in his life.

However, I noticed something strange about the movie, especially since I love to make road trips. It took Martin and Candy 3 days to get from Kansas to Illinois. I checked Google Maps and the actual trip would take about 11 hours by car. Even in the age of no internet, my father used to make good time getting anywhere using folding maps. I could drive that in a day. Even when they rented the car in St. Louis, it took them over a day to complete a 5 hour drive. What took them so long? Were there tons of adult bookstores along the way?That distance flaw doesn’t hurt the movie though; I just thought it was a funny realization. I don’t have to be a nitpicky ass.

I think my favorite joke of the movie (and probably everyone else’s) is where they have to share a bed and then there’s the issue with 2 pillows. It’s scary and hilarious at the same time. I don’t want to spoil the joke for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie but I provided the clip below for anyone who wants a refresher on this uncomfortable situation.

I also found a clip that is a fan made trailer of the movie in the style of Brokeback Mountain, which shows a budding romance between Candy and Martin. It’s pretty funny albeit a bit long, and it would probably even be funnier if Brokeback Mountain was new. 

After recently watching this movie, I realized that the more I watch it, the more I enjoy it. There is always something I notice with every viewing and now I’m considering looking for it on Blu-ray. I definitely recommend it.

Three More Awesome Old-School Summer Vacation Movies!

August 10, 2012

I am back with another 3 summer vacation movies. I Googled and Netflixed looking for more examples and I found more selections to mention.

Summer Rental

This is another movie with John Candy as a father taking his family on vacation. This time it is in Florida and weird but funny things ensue. A strange thing that happened is that Candy may be evicted by the current landowner and then challenges him to a boat race to stay on property. Another boat race movie! What is it with the 80’s and boats? The only boats I have gotten on are rowboats, Jungle Cruse boats, and that time I accidentally boarded a cruise ship for gay nudists. At least I got a complimentary full body wax.

Father of the century!

Father of the century!


Man, do I even have to explain this one? It’s that shark movie. I do like to watch it because it has to do with summer and the July 4th holiday. There are no fireworks but there are explosions, blood, and limbs. Similar to One Crazy Summer, it takes place on a vacation island. Why people would want to trap themselves on an island with a ferry as the only transportation-I’ll never figure that one out. If there is a big fire, everyone instantly becomes a triathlete and who knows what’s in the water.


“Whatcha gonna do with that spear?”

Summer School

Unfortunately, I had to go to summer school a few times during my K-12 career but it was never as fun as this movie. The class goes to several outings and the teacher promises each student a favor if they study. The teacher does not know how to teach properly but is teaching the class anyway to get tenure. This idea is funny and sad in many ways. My classes were not as fun but at least my summer school subjects included History, English, and learning which alcohol vendors who don’t card.

Man, the 80’s seem more hardcore.

I have not watched all of these movies yet this summer but there is still time. Enjoy the summer while it lasts because it comes only once a year. Now get that grill going!

Three Awesome Old-School Summer Vacation Movies!

August 6, 2012


Summer is really flying by! We are less than a month away from September and I haven’t even had a barbecue yet. What I am good at concerning summer is watching T.V., especially since my school break days. My summers are lived vicariously through vacation movies and here are three of my favorites.

National Lampoon’s Vacation

Clark Griswald takes his family on a road trip across the Midwest to the awesome Wally World (not Walmart). Everything bad that can happen does, including ingesting pee and a death of a family member, but this movie even makes that tragic event funny. Watch this movie if you have not.

National Lampoon's Vacation

Good luck on the road! You’ll need it!

One Crazy Summer

A high school graduate joins his buddy to spend the summer on Nantucket Island and gets into zany situations, surprisingly without the use of drugs and alcohol. He must also save the house of his female friend’s grandfather by winning a boat race. Just participating in a boat race would be a crazy summer for me. Who does these things?

one crazy summer

This is a crazy summer, is it not?

The Great Outdoors

John Candy brings his family to a cabin in a small wilderness town for vacation and his Yuppie brother-in-law, played by Dan Aykroyd, decides to crash their fun with his own family. There are funny situations that occur, but the gem of this movie is watching the comedic interactions between Candy and Aykroyd. This movie is a favorite and I watch at least once a year. It also tempts me to enter eating contest, but I feel weird when people watch me put things in my mouth.

the great outdoors

Two geniuses, one movie.

There are, of course, many other vacation movies that deserve mention but I decided to only list three for now. I will probably write another similar blog but I have to go. I’m starting to go into T.V. withdrawal.