[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. "
This has aged well, with pretty much all of the laughs (and there are plenty) coming from the big man himself.
For a film that is lot about the kids, its quite dark and grown up at times, but that mix just about works. The portrayal of the older kids is brilliantly 80s,and you can see why Macauley Culkin became so popular...he is very good here, and there is one specific scene which you can imagine as the genesis of Home Alone.
Overall...not as good as Planes Trains and Automobiles, but still a John Candy classic.
Still a real joy to watch. Gets better every time. John Candy was truly brilliant.
Just as John Hughes is a name synonymous with the decade of the 1980's, so too is John Candy for his role as Buck Russell.
For as much as I prefer Cool Runnings, I have to give it to Uncle Buck for being "THE" JOHN CANDY FILM. He fits this character like a glove. No one else could have pulled off going from a rebellious relative man-child to a respected paternal figure with such charisma. I have a uncle who in many ways is very similar and you just want to go bowling or hit some golf balls with the guy.
Buck is a cool cat who doesn't take any crap. I think you have uncles and aunts because parents…
Not as strong as some of John Hughes' prior films, Uncle Buck still manages to entertain due to John Candy's hijinks and a solid performance by newcomer, Jean Louisa Kelly, who plays his pouty oldest niece, Tia. While it certainly has its amusing moments, some of the humor does feel a bit dated. The truth is, Uncle Buck is a predictable, cookie-cutter 80s comedy, but when you watch a film like this today, you simply appreciate it for what it is and enjoy the good feels that it evokes.
Such a fun film to watch! John Hughes forever!
Great 80s comedy that still delivers a lot of laughs. Hughes was a genius, and alongside Candy he produced another family classic.
This is the kind of movie I find it increasingly more difficult to rate. It isn't Hughes' best movie, its comedy is uneven and some of Hughes' timing in how the story develops isn't quite hitting the nail.
On the other hand, there's Candy. Of course, there's also the introduction of Kevin 'Home Alone' McCallister in the making, there's a definition of the 'cute little girl' in movies, and there's a teenager that is actually somewhat likeable despite her rebellious and moody streak, but at the end of the day there's Candy and his gigantic stumping heart--and not of the nauseating kind Hollywood usually shove down my throat.
Maybe it's just 'Uncle Buck'; the man that never grows up, that…
Ne'er do well bachelor Buck comes to babysit nieces/nephew when parents have to unexpectedly leave town.
Candy can be outrageously funny in the proper circumstances, but laughes are too thin to recommend this film.
Good: Amy Madigan is a powerhouse as Buck's girlfriend. Relationship between Buck and Tia unexpectedly touching.
Bad: Laughs are too infrequent, comedy trying to rely on character of Buck, which isn't enough to make the movie funny.
Rating: 6.4 / 10 (Decent)
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