comedy, you likely dig John Candy movies. He's rarely the lead, and most often the sidekick. Ah, but what a great sidekick! He died much too young at only 43, yet left behind some wonderful screen memories. He had a great face. He also had a wonderful laugh. His characters more often laughed at themselves than others. He was the ultimate lovable loser.
"National Lampoon's Vacation" – This John Candy movie saved its best moment for last. When the Griswold's finally arrive at Walleyworld, they're met by the horn-rimmed glasses wearing security guard Lasky (played by John Candy), who is forced to ride all the crazy rides with them. The frightened look on his face is priceless. The overall story is about a vacation where, if something can go wrong, it will. The Griswold family never gives up on its dream of exploring Walleyworld, however.
"Splash" — In this John Candy film, the actor plays Freddie Bauer, a womanizer. The scene where he plays racquetball, while all the time having a smoke, is fantastic. Candy plays along Tom Hanks, who falls in love with a mermaid. Falling in love with mermaids just doesn't happen every day.
"Planes, Trains & Automobiles" – In this John Candy movie, the star is perfectly cast as sloppy Del Griffith, the traveling partner to Neal Page, a neat freak played by Steve Martin. They butt heads throughout, yet you still know they truly love each other. The story of this film has to do with two travelers trying to get home for Thanksgiving. The film's title names only three of the means of transportation these weary travelers utilize.
"Who's Harry Crumb?" — In this movie, John Candy plays the title role of Harry Crumb. He was also the movie's executive producer. In it, Crumb plays a bumbling crime fighter. It's a little bit like a Pink Panther movie. Candy's character is a poor excuse for a private detective.
"Uncle Buck" — Poor Candy has to play (uncle) Buck Russell to 8-year-old Macaulay Culkin in this movie. John Huges directed this one, as he also did on "Planes, Trains & Automobiles." He's not exactly the best babysitter, but he somehow gets the job done. Somehow, a bond ends up forming between these two very different people.
- Dan MacIntosh