Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Exploring One of Thanksgiving’s Most Humorous and Heartwarming Films


   Admittedly, the selection of movies you might associate with Thanksgiving festivity is relatively limited, but it simply wouldn’t be complete without Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Through humor, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles reminds us all what Thanksgiving is really about, and gives us all good reason to hug our  families a little bit tighter.

   Trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles tells the story of Neal Page going  through a series of challenges alongside a rather annoying man named Del Griffith. Despite having given nothing but his utmost kindness and  best intentions to Neal, Del is still only seen as one big, talkative burden.

    Forced to work together, Neal inevitably uncovers for himself the purity of Del’s  character and ends up reciprocating his kindness when Del needs it most.

   Though on the surface it may just seem like another (mostly) family-friendly comedy, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles teaches us the importance of understanding each other, looking past our first impressions, and allowing the chance to build a family through friendship and  thoughtfulness instead of blood.

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