$5 – $7

Holiday Flicks: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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The Varsity Center

418 South Illinois Avenue

Carbondale, IL 62901

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The Varsity opens its holiday movie season with John Hughes’ “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”

En route to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, easily annoyed businessman Neal Page (Steve Martin) finds his first-class plane ticket has been demoted to coach, and he must share his flight with obnoxious salesman Del Griffith (John Candy). A sudden snowstorm in Chicago forces the plane to land in Wichita. Unable to find a room in any of the four-star hotels, Neal is compelled to accept Del's invitation to share his accommodations in a cheapo-sleazo motel.

Driven to distraction by Del's annoying personal habits, the ungrateful Neal lets forth with a stream of verbal abuse. That's when Del delivers the anticipated (but always welcome) "I don't judge, why should you?" speech so common to John Hughes flicks. The shamefaced Neal tries to make up to Del, but there's a bumpy time ahead as the mismatched pair make their way back to Chicago, first in a balky train, then by way of a refrigerator truck. We know from the outset that the oil-and-water Neal and Del will be bosom companions by the end of the movie, but it's still a fun ride.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles, released in 1987, is rated R for adult situations and language.

The Varsity will show the film at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $7 or $5 for students. They are available in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Tickets also will be available at the venue when doors and the bar open at 6:30 p.m. The Varsity Bar features beer, wine, select cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and popcorn.

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