Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 comedy, starring Steve Martin, who is perfect as Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive who meets John Candy’s Del Griffith, and optimistic, overly talkative, and clumsy shower curtain ring salesman. Neal Page is trying to return to his family for Thanksgiving in Chicago after being on a business trip in New York. His journey is doomed from the outset, when he and Del Griffith pair up later and begin a hilarious adventure to help Neal get back to his home.
It’s a comedy of errors watching two these men whose personalities could not be more different. Their flight is diverted because of a blizzard and what should have been a 1 hour and 45 minute New York-to-Chicago flight turns into a three-day ordeal. They catch a train, but the locomotive breaks down, leaving the passengers stranded in the middle of nowhere. After reaching the nearest town, Del sells his remaining stock of shower curtain rings to buy bus tickets, but neglects to tell Neal that they are only valid to St. Louis. Del comes to the rescue with a rental car. Attempting to complete the journey by car, the reunited pair soon find themselves arguing again. They finally make it to Chicago, three days late, in the back of a refrigerated truck.
At the end Neal finally realizes Del has no family and he invites him to his house for Thanksgiving. It’s an entertaining movie with a sweet ending, just right for a family holiday.
In honor of Thanksgiving, here is one of my recipes for a family favorite ~ Macaroni and Cheese
1 pound elbow macaroni
1 cups milk
1 16 oz carton sour cream
5 1/2 cups shredded cheese (whatever kind you like. I usually use sharp cheddar)
Freshly ground black pepper
4 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
1 large onion, sliced thin
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook for 8 to 9 minutes, until al dente. Drain.
Fry the bacon until crisp. Remove and crumble. Saute onions in bacon grease.
In a small saucepan mix the milk and sour cream. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, to keep lumps from forming. Layer in a greased 3 quart baking dish and top with cheese. Scrape into a 3-quart baking dish top with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.