HWP Holiday Classic: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles / by Tim Nuttall

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, what better way to celebrate than with a classic Thanksgiving film? That’s right – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

While the film is quickly approaching 30 years since its release, when has John Hughes ever failed to make a timeless classic?

As a staff writer for the HWP blog and also a millennial, I may not have been alive when the film first came out, but even after stumbling across this film for the first time last week, I can’t help but notice how even today with new technology like smart phones, internet, and Uber for goodness sake, the holiday travel struggle Neal (Steve Martin) faces is still one that all of us can relate to…millennials included.

And if traveling wasn’t hard enough, we all know that one person (Del Griffith, played by John Candy) who always manages to drive us absolutely up the wall during the holidays (yeah, I’m looking at you Aunt Deb), and that’s what makes Planes, Trains, and Automobiles such a hilarious and timeless film.  Although many of us will (hopefully) never find ourselves spooning a stranger on a motel room’s vibrating bed, there’s a good chance we’ll be caught in the crossfires of a selfie-stick or be run over by a hover board while we try to make it to our terminal.

Whether you’ve seen it one time or one hundred times and whether you’re 17 or 71, this film is guaranteed to get you every time. What more could you want in a Thanksgiving movie? Just because everything that can go wrong may go wrong, that doesn’t mean you can’t come out the other side a better person. (Aunt Deb, I was kidding earlier. I love you.)

Now everyone is feeling nostalgic, I get it. Lucky for you, the film is available to stream on Netflix. You can find it here.