[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. "
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)
Classic 80s comedy all round, and you can't help but flip a giant pancake for this film
I have been wanting to see this one again for a while.
Still brilliant. This is just as much fun these days and the poignant stuff is made even more so knowing that Big JC is no longer with us. There is no better ending of a film than a smiling John Candy. Planes Trains and Autos does the same thing. Glorious freeze frame endings the pair of them.
One of John Candy's finest. In great interaction with both the little Culkin and director John Hughes.
Family of 3 need to leave their kids with the never grown up uncle for a week while visiting family. Kids haven't seen their uncle in years and act out. Teenage daughter hangs around with her slacker boyfriend, little brother and sister are just amused.
Goes from simple comedy to family flick and tale of redemption without being boring.
And let's not forget the scene with a grinning Candy and his power drill.
I must of seen this film 15+ times over the years. Still brilliant. That girl. Man I would make her walk funny
Another John Hughes classic that knows exactly how to get the most out of it's actors and setting. It's charming, it's sweet, it's a bit vulgar, and it's stupendously wonderful!
Utterly charming, good natured, sweet and, of course, funny. John Candy, you are sorely missed.
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