Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) Poster

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Sex & Nudity

  • On the bus, a couple begins to make out. Del points it out to Neal. Eventually they lean into the isle and bump into Neal. When Neal looks at them, you can briefly glimpse down the girl's shirt. The guy tells them to take a picture. A few seconds later, Neal looks over and the couple is smoking (almost implying they had sex)
  • Steve Martin (Comedian) is taking a shower and you can see of him close up from his upper chest and above: He is washing up. Implying he's in his birthday suit. Nudity: Graphic nudity. Other minutes there is an amount of nudity in this movie.
  • More nudity involving in the shower area of the movie.
  • In a taxi, we see a brief close-up of a picture of nude women stuck on the passenger's window. Very hard to make out

Violence & Gore

  • A man punches another man in the gut
  • A man is punched in the face then grabbed and pulled by his scrotum (this is played for laughs).
  • A man threatens another man by asking if he would like a mouthful of teeth.


  • 19 F-Words all used in the same scene
  • When they are in the real car Steve Martin says the f-word 2-3 times fast. It is hard to hear though.
  • 19 f-words (all within a minute), 4 uses of shit, 1 use of bitch, 9 uses of ass, 7 uses of goddamn, 5 uses of damn, 11 uses of hell, 1 use of pissed, 1 use of "screw you", 2 uses of "screwed", 1 use of "testicles", the words "nuts" and "balls" are used a few times as slang terms for "testicles", & about 10 religious exclamations.
  • At least 10 S-words
  • 4 uses of 'bitch.'

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Del smokes cigars in several scenes, and 2 men drink most of the hard liquor shots from a hotel room mini-bar.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A dog jumps out from under some hay on the back of a truck and starts barking. Not particularly scary but may cause some jumps.
  • Neil suggests suicide sarcastically
  • The car crash scene may be a bit frightening.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The final scene is both sad and touching.

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