Our main character, Viktor Navorski (played by Hanks), arrives at Kennedy on a flight from his homeland of Krazkozia which sounds innocuous enough, except for the fact that during his flight, his country has broken out in civil war and the U.S border control doesn't recognize it as a sovereign state and denies him entry into America. Essentially, with an invalid passport, he cannot go home or stay.
Navorski is forced to live in the international terminal of the airport (which is not actually JFK, but instead a sound stage) under the watchful eye of Customs Agent Frank Dixon (played by Stanley Tucci). This extended delay results in making friends with airport employees and frequent flyers, and even getting a job in the food court. Of all of these relationships, none is more important than that of a beautiful flight attendant, Amelia (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones).
Nine months pass of Viktor making comfy beds out of gate furniture, snacking on ketchup and mustard packets from fast food outlets, and learning a few words in English. While fairly far-fetched that the Department of Homeland Security would allow such an act, our protagonist's story goes even deeper as he sparks a love interest in Amelia and shares the contents of that famous Planters peanut can to reveal why he has come to America.
Obviously a feel-good flick, we can't help but to smile at the multiple attempts at crossing the border and fumbling with barely a grasp on the English language. It makes us realize that everyone travels for a reason and that just happens to be the most important reason of all.