The 1986 comedy film Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a story about two strangers who are forced to travel together after an unfortunate series of events. The movie stars Steve Martin as Neal Page, a high-strung advertising executive, and John Candy as Del Griffith, a kind but carefree shower curtain ring salesman.

The movie starts with Neal Page driving to Chicago for Thanksgiving with his family. When he misses his exit, he decides to take the long way by going through Ohio instead of Michigan. Meanwhile, Del is trying to get back home for Thanksgiving with his family in Chicago by taking the train from North Carolina. The two strangers are forced to share a rental car when their flights are cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

A series of disappointments at work and otherwise, land marketing account executive Neal Page at a rundown Wichita hotel with no rooms except for one with an annoying roommate, Del Griffith, who unscrupulously stole his airport cab earlier in the day and has now outrun him to occupy the last available room. Eager to get to Chicago so he can spend Thanksgiving with his family, Page finds that he has no option but to rely on Griffith to get him home and concedes to enduring a three-day road trip with him. But the suave Page and shower curtain rings salesman Griffith just don’t get along!