Planes, Trains And Automobiles: 5 Travel Movies to Watch at home

Wednesday, January 4 by Steve Silverman

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<p><strong>National Lampoon’s “Vacation.” </strong>Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his wife Ellen (<span data-scayt_word=Beverly D’Angelo) are about to take a vacation with their two children to Walleyworld. The family travels cross-country, meets up with cousin Catherine and her memorable unemployed husband Eddie and then ends up taking difficult Aunt Edna with them. Clark becomes enamored with a beautiful blonde driving a red Ferrari during  the trip and ends up in a motel pool with her, much to his family’s chagrin. When the family finally arrives at their destination, it’s not quite what the Griswolds had in mind. While many of the jokes can be seen from miles away and Chase’s acting is way over the top, it’s still a laugh a minute.

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<p><strong>“Lost In Translation.</strong>” Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is a 50-something actor who has flown to Tokyo to do a liquor <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/commercial-587/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>commercial</a>. He has no idea what his Japanese director is saying to him and what he is supposed to do. He also can’t believe the direction his life has <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/taken' target='_blank'>taken</a> and why he’s doing Japanese commercials instead of important film projects. While he’s lost and alone in Tokyo, he meets Charlotte (<a href=Scarlett Johansson) who is the newly married wife of a photographer in Japan on an assignment. She’s basically left alone in the city by her workaholic husband. They share experiences as Americans in a mysterious foreign land and find that they fulfill each other’s needs.