As we journey to see friends and family for turkey and a time to be thankful, here are some awesome stories about journeys on the road. These are on my newly formed CHECK LIST. These are considered the must-sees of the Check It Out blog.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 1987 (CHECK LIST)
What if you were trying to get home for Thanksgiving, only to have every form of transportation be delayed, breakdown, or simply not be there? This nightmarish predicament is what sets the stage for the John Hughes Thanksgiving comedy of errors classic. Steve Martin plays Neal Page, a man who learns that life is more than simply getting to your destination, with John Candy as his obnoxious yet likable shower-curtain salesman companion. This is the creme-de-la-turkey of Thanksgiving movies.
It Happened One Night, 1934 (CHECK LIST)
When Frank Capra and his team at Columbia Pictures completed this film, it completely changed the way audiences viewed romantic comedy. This road trip by bus tale of love is one of only three to have won the Big 5 at the Oscars, and skyrocketed Frank Capra’s career – who created other such classics as Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, and It’s A Wonderful Life. The film’s consistently fresh and snappy dialogue, along with a lovable duo of characters (played by Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert) will leave you with an enormous smile on your face and cheerfulness in your heart. I highly recommend this for family get-togethers.
How could this be a road trip movie? Quite simply. They’re on a road. On foot. For HUNDREDS of miles. This is the ultimate road trip buddy film of an ancient time, only with much more than simply a destination at stake. With the fate of the Middle Earth world literally in Frodo’s hands, this epic journey of courage, adventure and friendship is one to be seen many times over. Second Breakfast anyone?