[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.
Uncle Buck has a reputation for being unreliable and a bit of a house wrecker. It is therefore with reluctance, his sister-in-law agrees to leave Buck looking after the kids (two harmless youngsters and a rebelious teenager) when she visits her sick father.
"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 call my kid Bug.
Buck is a forty-something, never married, childless, can barely hold down a job man who enjoys dabbling in gambling and booze. He's also the only hope for a sitter that his brother and sister in law have for their three kids, as they have to go out of town for a family emergency.
This was my first time seeing this film in its entirety. I haven't seen enough film of John Candy's to say I'm a huge fan, but this was certainly a great performance. It was also fun to see Macaulay Culkin, who manages to steal every scene he's in.
I don't like the fact that people don't talk about John Candy anymore. The man deserves recognition at all times.
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, lighthearted, 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 this weekend? Watch this.
Oh, how I miss John Candy! I was inspired to buy an awesome John Candy shirt today.
Almost any given adult woman in this film could play an uncle as they all look like men.
I thought this movie was hilarious, I'm not sure how I have never seen it before.
John Hughes + John Candy = comedy gold. Candy is having a whale of a time here as the rough diamond title character of this film. He's called in ( as a very very last resort ) to watch his brothers kids while the parents attend visit a sick relative. Que classic Candy spots involving a gloriously over the top birthday breakfast, a car that is doing the ozone layer ( hey, remember that? ) no favours and some nice mafia style dealings with his niece's boyfriend.."Bug"...yeah "Bug" fucking pseudo goth tosser. Macaulay Culkin also has some nice moments, which no doubt impressed Hughes even to cast him in the peerless Home Alone. The only draw back is Jean Louisa…
As much as I love John Candy, and I suppose John Hughes' other collaboration with him, every character in this movie is a walking cliche. I liked it a lot more when I was younger.
Quite a few scenes feel more awkward than funny. I'm not entirely impressed with Buck's decision to threaten a teacher for pointing out his child's poor behaviour. Also, even if you are so accurate with a golf ball that you can whack one into someone's head, you'll probably be in prison for murder afterwards.
This was a seriously mixed-bag. I think this had potential, but in making Uncle Buck both entirely inept AND a capable parent, the film never quite persuades me that those two qualities belong to the same person. There's some kind of Jekyll/Hyde switching going on between scenes.
Reviewed as part of a retrospective here:
"How would you like to spend the next several nights wondering if your crazy, Out of work, bum uncle, will shave your head while you sleep?" - Buck Russell
very solid John Hughes comedy, with an excellent turn by John Candy, and little Macaulay Culkin stealing scenes like there's no tomorrow.
The only problem I had with the film was the casting of the parents. They seemed not great choices for these roles, and come across as entire blanks, just there for plot purposes only.
I really enjoyed the whole UB terrifying the pushy boyfriend, and the scene where he's talking to the vice-principle and can't focus on anything but the wart on her chin.
Very enjoyable watch though. And I like UB's hat.
Still charming and underrated all these years later. I have a fond memory of someone sneaking an Uncle Buck VHS tape into my history classes VCR back in high school. The teacher was out sick, so we replaced the Napoleonic War with a lesson in family values and responsibility. Thanks "UB!"
FUCK, PEOPLE! JOHN CANDY FILMS GET 5 STARS BY DEFAULT. UNCLE BUCK IS A CLASSIC. I TYPED THIS REVIEW IN ALL CAPS.
Le tengo un cariño especial a John Candy, recuerdo que de niño era muy fan suyo y me gustaban sus películas. No recuerdo bien cuáles vi, entonces era malo con los nombres, y ahora es peor porque tengo que platicar de las cosas que veo, de los artistas que admiro y nunca los nombro bien.
También recuerdo la sensación que tuve cuando me enteré que había muerto, no podía creer que alguien de las películas pudiera morir y sobre todo que nunca más fuera hacer algo nuevo.
Uncle Buck se siente fresca y toca temas relevantes, como casi todas las que he visto de John Hughes.
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