Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Movie review by Lori Silberman Brauner, Common Sense Media
Planes, Trains and Automobiles Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 15+

Funny comedy about a holiday travel nightmare has profanity.

R 1987 92 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 83 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Great film! The Language is actually pretty tame, aside from the infamous f-word rant. (Therefore it’s a soft R)

In my humble opinion, This is the best John Hughes movie that isn’t Home Alone! :)

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
age 12+

Nothing Bad

I really hate the fact that this movie is rated R. By 1987 standards, it should've been PG.

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon hands high fiving
    Friendship
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a gift wrapped up
    Holidays
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a train
    Trains
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate