The science of ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ explained at Alamo Dra…


 

Steve Martin and John Candy play very different travelers who join forces — with disastrous results — during the Thanksgiving holidays in John Hughes’ “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” Photo: Paramount Pictures 1987

Just as marketing executive Neal Page (Steve Martin) and curtain ring salesman Del Griffith (John Candy) went in an unexpected direction on the way home for Thanksgiving, so did the career of writer-director John Hughes.

The comedy “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” was a stark departure for the man known for exploring teenage angst in “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles” and “Ferris Buehler’s Day Off.” Martin, playing arrogant and condescending, and Candy, the nonstop blabbermouth, make a great contentious team as they try to overcome flight cancellations and delays to get home by any means necessary.

But does it make sense? What would be the fastest way from Wichita to Chicago? Would a car radio survive a fire? “Inquiring Minds” podcast host Kishore Hari and data scientist/astrophysicist Jeff Silverman plan to break down the science and logistics behind this beloved family classic after a screening of the 1987 film at the Alamo Drafthouse’s New Mission theater.

“Planes, Trains and Automobiles”: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. $15.50. Alamo Drafthouse’s New Mission. 2550 Mission St., S.F. 415-549-5959. www.drafthouse.com/sf





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