Some amazing driving movies are celebrating big anniversaries
Perhaps one of the best road trip movies of all time, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is turning 30 this year. Yes, 30.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s set around Steve Martin and John Candy’s three-day (mis)adventure to Chicago from New York, but is obviously more than that. It has one of Martin’s funniest (and perhaps sweariest) monologues, as well as a few moments guaranteed to hit you directly in the feels. It’s probably one of John Hughes’s best-ever flicks – yeah, we said it. Although, do go ahead and tell us why it should be Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Uncle Buck. We’ll find it hard to argue.
But in terms of big anniversaries for road trip movies, kudos has to go to Smokey and the Bandit, which is turning 40 this year. As plots go, it’s about as simple – and flimsy – as a paper plate, but anything that involves powersliding a T-top muscle car through the southern United States is all right in our book. Hoon responsibly, kids! And always with Sally Field.
Also, Death Proof is 10. Yup. Time and tide, and so on.