[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
He's crude. He's crass. He's family.
As an idle, good-natured bachelor, Uncle Buck is the last person you would think of to watch the kids. However, during a family crisis, he is suddenly left in charge of his nephew and nieces. Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon charms his younger relatives Miles and Maizy with his hefty cooking and his new way of doing the laundry. His carefree style does not impress everyone though - especially his rebellious teenage niece, Tia, and his impatient girlfriend, Chanice. With a little bit of luck and a lot of love, Uncle Buck manages to surprise everyone in this heartwarming family comedy.
There are eighties movies that are impossible not to love. John Hughes had the monopoly on those films with classics like The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but the manic comedic brilliance that was John Candy was brought to the screen in another of Hughes's films,family favorite, Uncle Buck.
The fish-out-of-water scenario of an oafish bachelor being tasked with babysitting his brother's kids always had great scope for hilarity. Slobbish man-child John Candy was perfect as the caring uncle trying to do the right thing for his brother and sister-in-law following a family emergency. From the obvious pitfalls of dealing with a temperamental teenager with an attitude, to the gentle exuberance with which he endears himself to the…
"Miles: Where do you live?
Buck: In the city.
Miles: You have a house?
Miles: Own or rent?
Miles: What do you do for a living?
Buck: Lots of things.
Miles: Where's your office?
Buck: I don't have one.
Miles: How come?
Buck: I don't need one.
Miles: Where's your wife?
Buck: Don't have one.
Miles: How come?
Buck: It's a long story.
Miles: You have kids?
Buck: No I don't.
Miles: How come?
Buck: It's an even longer story.
Miles: Are you my Dad's brother?
Buck: What's your record for consecutive questions asked?
Buck: I'm your Dad's brother alright.
Miles: You have much more hair in your nose…
I don't like the fact that people don't talk about John Candy anymore. The man deserves recognition at all times.
It took me long enough to see this one, but I do see the charm. It's basically Home Not Alone and probably the apex of John Candy's career (not counting Trains, Planes & Automobiles).
When the parents of the Russell family learns that Cindy's father has suffered a heart attack they have to leave very suddenly for Indianapolis, and the only person they can think of to watch the children is their hopeless slob Uncle Buck.
This is pure John Hughes and John Candy at their prime, and the comedy works wonders. Overall I'd say it's wonderfully zany, and it really fits perfectly in tone with Home Alone. John Candy had mastered that bumbling, half-sympathetic loveable oaf, and in true form,…
I call my kid Bug.
"Do you have a plunger here, while I'm thinking of these things, uh, for the morning, you know, my plumbing is just so bad. Well, of course yours is good plumbing here, right? Yeah, I would imagine, yesh, don't worry about it, you know, everything will be fine. I've just been bound up lately. It's, it's been driving me crazy. I've been eating a lot of cheese for some reason. I don't know what it is, I've got a craving for the stuff. Think maybe that's an allergy or something...I don't know, I can't get enough cheese. I feel like a big mouse. "
John Candy is great to watch in this John Hughes film. Entertaining and the principal relationships between Buck and the kids he watches feel quite authentic. The relationships between the kids and parents feel forced on both positive and negative spectrums.
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What an odd movie. It's tone is all over the place and John Hughes is still trying to come to grips with his feelings about white working class people. Candy is neither sleazy or strange enough to really pull off the character as written and the movie would have been 10 times better if either Danny Devito or Christopher Walken had played the role. Plus it's got that thing where an adult man is obsessed with stopping a teenage girl from having sex which is always gross. But he does make giant pancakes and Candy is never anything less than charming or lovable even if that ends up as a detriment to the movie.
A classic comedy film with one of my favourite comedic actors. John Candy makes uncle buck a loveable character despite all of his flaws and idiosyncrasies.
probably the only john hughes movie i don't hate tbh
love u john candy
It had heart, it had a likable John Candy, it was funny and charming, plus the dad from Kick-Ass was in it and it even ends with a freeze frame! So I'm having a hard time wondering why Uncle Buck gets a resounding "meh" from me.
I suppose this is one of those films people grew up watching and loved. Me on the other hand, just watched it for the first time at the age of 19, it just didn't do much for me. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, it's a solid and watchable John Hughes film, but it just didn't connect with me anywhere near Ferris Bueller's Day Off or The Breakfast Club did.
I really have nothing else to say about Uncle Buck I will probably revisit in the future and it may grow on me, but for now *Shrug*.
There's a lot to love about this film, and my girlfriend had never seen it before, so I introduced her to the concept of having giant pancakes on your Birthday, keeping a hatchet in the back of your car, and the joys of doing laundry in unorthodox kitchen appliances.
What I never noticed really about this film is how much Hughes leaves out for you to fill in the gaps yourself. There's a lot of scenes that just happen, and you connect the dots on your own. It's either good editing, accidental or there was a lot more that got filmed that never made it. Either way, only Ferris Beuller beats this gem!
Candy's best performance ever. As hard as it is to pick a favorite role that John Candy ever portrayed, I'd have to say it was Uncle Buck. Although this wasn't the only title he and Culkin ever shared, it was the only film the two ever shared any time on screen together.
Basic plot: Candy's sister-in-law's father has just had a heart attack in the middle of the night and the two parents rush trying to find someone to watch the kids for them while they hop the next flight to go see her father. In a desperate last resort, they call the husband's brother. Buck. Of course, the concerned uncle comes to the rescue and takes the task with…
A family favourite, John Hughes elevates the late, great John Candy into a role that he perfectly encapsulates, providing both the laughter and emotional heft he imbued in 1987's Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
From estranged relation to loveable schlub, Uncle Buck earns his way into your hearts. It's just a shame that the teenage daughter and mother are so unlikeable at times that their resolution lacks the punch the final reel truly deserves.
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