Chuck & Buck
REMEMBER THOSE GAMES WE USED TO PLAY?
Buck is a man-child who has lived his existence in a life of kindergarten collages and lollipops. Buck remembers his old childhood friend Chuck, with whom he feels a need to reconnect with after having invited him to his mother's funeral. Buck treks out to LA where Chuck, now a music record executive, is living his life. Buck ends up developing an obsession with Chuck and begins stalking him.
Deep, unique, fascinating character study. Which makes it sound very serious. Which it isn't.
What a discovery this must have seemed like in 2000. A virtual unknown penned a fearlessly dark, off-beat comedy and saw fit to star as its stunted, mentally unstable man-boy lead. Before Chuck & Buck, the only major credit Mike White had to his name was his writing work for Freaks and Geeks (and, for keen-eyed viewers, a wordless cameo as Kim Kelly's wasteoid brother in episode 4) and Dead Man on Campus. The film draws so much of its strength from the inspired, quite possibly disturbed mind of White. The role of Buck may have been written specifically to contour to the features of White's singular face. His bleary, half-lidded eyes perfectly convey Buck's twin senses of affection and obsession.…
Buck (White) has a problem. His mother just died, and he’s feeling rather lonely. He invites his old chindhood friend Chuck (Weitz) to the funeral, and spends the rest of the film trying to reclaim his old friendship. Of course, Chuck is married and lives his life out in LA now, and is not as enthusiastic about things as Buck is.
So, Buck begins to stalk Chuck. He packs up and moves out to LA, and waits outside Chuck’s workplace for him everyday. It so happens that across the street, there is a playhouse, and Buck decides to write a play about his life growing up with Chuck. He changes the names (tho they still rhyme) and hires a really…
Fun, fun, fun.
This is a good film, but damn if it isn't hard to watch because of how creepy Mike White is at times. This is a film about letting go of the past and that people move on despite the fact that we don't want them to even if it is getting over a love you had when you were younger. Anybody who wants to watch a good yet disturbing film should give this one a try and see what you think. Mike White is great in it though.
[Seen in 2000, not sure when, neglected to date stamp back then]
Nicely disturbing piece of quasi-comedy with the title characters embarking on a role reversal that would make Shakespeare scratch his head. The idea that one can't grow up without closure from the other is interesting - - - but the last twenty minutes (and the feverishly simple conclusion the film draws) sell it more than a little short.
This offbeat film from writer Mike White follows 27-year-old Buck (White) as he reunites with boyhood friend Chuck (Chris Weitz), who decides — despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary — that they’re still best pals. This fascinating look at the weird chemistry of attachment and obsession gets darker as a rebuffed Chuck begins to stalk Buck, who’ll need a huge No-Pest Strip to end the one-sided infatuation. (Netflix)
First of all, what an odd and inaccurate description that Netflix blurb is, huh?
Secondly, how delightfully and wonderfully creepy and sweet is CHUCK & BUCK?
Mike White’s stalker-y tale of a lonely guy who just wants some good old-fashioned quality time with his childhood best friend is skin crawlingly uncomfortable. Though at…