[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 Hughes has given us some fantastic 80’s films and here’s one of my favourites: Uncle Buck. John Candy plays Buck, who gets called in to look after his niece’s and nephew due to a family emergency. This unlikely Baby Sitter struggles with his new family role but it always ends in comedy results. It’s lovely, light-hearted, laugh out loud funny with some really memorable scenes - particularly the mole scene. John Candy is comedy gold and I just adore Amy Madigan as Buck’s girlfriend. Need a comedy to watch? Watch this.
UNCLE BUCK was on the TV again, so of course I had to watch it. This film is a gift that keeps on giving. No matter how often I rewatch, I still love it, and I still find myself laughing at just about every gag. Every scene is a delight. A true feelgood classic, I'll love it always.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Some director credits can automatically make a film great, simply because that director unfailingly creates great films. John Hughes directed Ferris Bueller’s day Off, probably my favourite film ever. But Uncle Buck was the first film he directed, wrote and produced. So to anyone who’s seen only his hall of fame, Uncle Buck‘s an important lesson in why not to idolise directors.
But let’s not make this a comparison of one film to another. Just because one film shares the director of another film which is very good, this must remain a review of a film on its own merits. So then – what is Uncle Buck? Well, it stars John Candy as every other John Candy character, like in…
Part of 2015: Groundhog Year
- We love you John Hughes, we do. We love you John Hughes, we do.
- We love you John Candy, we do. We love you John Candy, we do.
John Candy was made for Uncle Buck. No one else could've filled those shoes.
Everyone has that one relative that the family hides under the rug, they're kinda a weirdo. I'm not gonna lie, I don't have one (at least one that I know of). Uncle Buck is kinda the weird relative that I never had. John Candy makes a pretty cool uncle. It's too bad I never met him.
John Candy is like the uncle you always wished you had, which is why Uncle Buck (Russell) is one of the most loveable and funniest comedy characters there's ever been. This is certainly Candy's quintessential role and he never fails to raise a smile at just the mere sight of him.
Some of the funniest moments in this film are from the references you don't necessarily get to see, either because they have already happened or because the audience is left to fill in the blanks of what happens next/has already happened. This is one of John Hughes greatest skills for me (eg. the reference to the BBQ fire in this particular film or the story about Buck's hat) and…
I've watched quite a few films recently that I was big on as a kid but which don't hold up so much now. So it's great to revisit a film in UNCLE BUCK which just seems to get better with age. I've lost count of the amount of times I've watched this since I was little, and it just never gets old. Is it the most refined or technically masterful film in the world? No. But it's pure cinematic comfort food for me, and I find myself with a dopey grin whenever I watch it. I still laugh out loud at that school scene - from the urinals to the teacher confrontation - every damn time, ditto for every single…
This was my first time seeing this in it's entirety in a few years. I've caught bits on TV here and there, but this was the first time I'd sat down and watched it properly in some time. It's right up there with John Hughes' best work - probably tied with Home Alone for me. It's just a very sweet, good-natured film and one that is impossible not to love.
I laughed out loud quite a few times during the film, even though I've seen it many times before. The whole scene at the school where Buck meets the head teacher is gold, as is the conversation in the car, where he talks about his hat.
John Candy is phenomenal…
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