[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.
"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…
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…
I don't like the fact that people don't talk about John Candy anymore. The man deserves recognition at all times.
I call my kid Bug.
I miss John Hughes, there will never be a director like him again.
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,…
An extra star for the late John Candy in an otherwise lame and creepy movie about your weird uncle.
Like the Hughes-scripted The Great Outdoors from the year prior, this played well for pre-pubescent kids in the late '80s, but has the same issue of trying to force lovability on a character its more comfortable portraying as despicable (Buck, here; Dan Aykroyd's Chet in TGO). Uncle Buck also demonstrates an uncomfortable shift from the way Hughes' early films reached out to teenage longing, othering it here as condemnatory punchline.
Trapped within dark sociopathy while straining for "heart," the movie feels unresolved and unsure, though a review that compared Hughes' compositions in this (his inner-sequence visual rhythms in parts of Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller match Scorsese's) to those of Fritz Lang has me willing to give it another look.
I'm sorry fans of the 1980's and John Hughes. I like John Candy, in fact I'd go so far as to say I love John Candy(Train, Planes and Automobiles). I think the main reason this film is such a turn off for me is that I don't like the whole genre that is family comedies with 1-3 adults and some kids get into crazy circumstances.
No thanks. Even for family comedies I'd rather take a more kid centric approach (Home Alone) or leaving the kids at home(Train, Planes and Automobiles). I have never liked the Vacation Lampoon movies for this same reason.
John Candy is charming, but this movie feels very much like a hallow manufactured family comedy.
simply the best
Here, now THIS is a family movie. A good one, I mean. A family movie done right.
John Candy is awesome and the John Hughes standard love/family/"goodness" themes are here without being forced. It's a light, fun movie but not without a little edge. Some adult laughs, a lot of cute kids and its share of heartwarming stuff.
Don't know if I'd say this is Hughes' best (that's gotta be "Ferris," then "16 Candles" and "Planes, Trains ..." [and "Breakfast Club" has its place), but I feel like it is best at demonstrating the Hughes Sensibility.
I just realized that I have become Uncle Buck. Like, to an eerie degree without ever realizing it. So, so many things are something I can directly relate to... from the car, the cooking habits, the family situation, the relationships, his appearance, even his music choices are the same. this got creepy at points. I'm not as loud, but I'm fatter, so it all balances out.
Good thing this movie is charming, funny, and heartwarming. I can proudly be an Uncle Buck.
I miss John Candy.
Definitely feels like there's a bit of a push/pull as far as Hughes wanting to let John Candy do John Candy things and Tia's whole arc, which seems like a more traditional Hughes story, which leads leads to some awkward stretches of time where it feels like nothing really happens, or at least nothing meant to make people laugh or advance the plot. But, I could watch Jean Louisa Kelly stare holes into people all day long and as far as Buck Russell goes, it's nice to know where the whole swing revival thing started.
Not as good as I remember it, but still, John Hughes.
I know a lot of these aren't exactly high art masterpieces or classic films, but that's not what this list…