The movie is an excellent comedy, but I think it is a much better John Candy movie than a Steve Martin movie. That’s fine as the stoic Neal character really serves as the foe for John Candy to play off of.
This is a really interesting comedy as John Candy and Steve Martin really do carry the entire movie. Even though the movie has a young Kevin Bacon as well as a cameo by Ben Stein, there aren’t any supporting actors of note in the sidekick role.
It had moments for me, but on the whole I found it pretty generic. The car rental scene, however, absolutely made it worth the $4 when I saw it in the theater. Though I don’t care for it overall, that scene definitely makes any of my Top 50 film comedy moments lists.
For John Candy, I think that Only The Lonely is a better movie. But, this one has incredible moments. It’s a movie that I quote periodically, and no one in my peer group has any idea what I’m talking about.
I adore this movie. Who cares about the movie stars???
I grew up in Hinsdale. Steve Martin’s house/home/kids/wife might have well been from there, or Evanston, or Winnetka, or Lake Forest. Driving up Illinois highways in winter storms … been there, done that.
The scene on the El tracks near the end … that was one of my old El stops in about 1986. Sniff! SAD !!!
I’m crying! I need to go back to Chicago. I could never afford to move “home” and live in my so-called home town. But ChiTown still RULES.