It took a long time for 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles' to grow on me. The first time that I tried watching it (years and years ago) I loathed it so much that I didn't even finish it -- and I vowed to avoid the movie from that point forward.
I guess I just had to watch it all the way through or something, because when I finally streamed the movie on Netflix not long ago (for whatever reason), I ended up finding it rather enjoyable.
Don't get me wrong -- 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles' is silly at times, and downright stupid at others. But there are plenty of entertaining moments throughout; and I thought that the little "twist" at the end was fairly effective, and added a nice balance to the wacky scenes that make up most of the rest of the movie.
Steve Martin and John Candy, as the two leads, are about what you'd expect. Neither was ever my first choice as far as comedians go (although Candy seemed like a very nice man in real life) and both of them have their fair share of annoying moments in this film (which I suppose was intentional; but let's just say that their annoyingness was the main reason I hated the movie so much back when I first watched it). However, I thought that Candy's character -- while more obnoxious than Martin's ---- was ultimately the more appealing of the two, which is perhaps a testament to Candy's likability
Don't miss Kevin Bacon, Dylan Baker (what's with the blond hair?), and Edie McClurg in (very) small supporting roles (Bacon doesn't even speak!). All in all, a fun movie for Thanksgiving, or any other time that you might feel like watching it. (7/10)