Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Movie review by Lori Silberman Brauner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Funny comedy about a holiday travel nightmare has profanity.

R 1987 92 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 79 reviews

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age 12+

Nothing Bad

I really hate the fact that this movie is rated R. By 1987 standards, it should've been PG.
age 13+

Excellent, convincing movie!

What’s with the 15+? This is a very well-made holiday movie for tweens and up. It’s only rated R for one reason: in one scene, the main character spews out “f--k” in seemingly every other word. There are no other f-bombs in the other parts of the movie. The rating is totally inflated. Besides some other mild profanity, the rest of the content is worthy of PG. If you can get through that one scene, everything else is okay for tweens, young teens, and older. It has great messages, like perseverance, and you will get to where you are going, and the characters are good role models to an extent. Besides the trashy language in some of the scenes, the two characters do not get along very well, but when they spend more time together and form a bond, they demonstrate teamwork to get back home, which is another positive message. Violence includes verbal fights and a car on fire and there is a little bit of drinking and smoking. Overall, this is one of the very few movies that is good to watch around Thanksgiving. It is totally worth watching every year!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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