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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

No discussion of 1980s cinematic comedy ever forgets John Hughes. Furthermore, no discussion of his films neglects the 1987 comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles . This side-splitting romp chronicles the misadventures of two unlikely travelers thrust together by fate as they scurry to get across the snow-swept Midwestern states before Thanksgiving. Starring the late John Candy and über -dry comedian Steve Martin, it has rightfully joined the American-holiday-film canon. Though it’s bread and butter is in its laughs, it also sports an artfully constructed, bittersweet ending. Check it out, but bear in mind: After watching this one, you won’t look at pillows the same way again.
Wed., Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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