[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,…
John Hughes is not a very good filmmaker.
I love and miss John Candy, I love young Macaulay Culkin, and I really love this movie. Everything a heartfelt comedy should be.
This movie is perfectly average, and thus should be 2.5 stars. Except it has a brief clip of Louis Rukeyser, so I'm giving it 3 stars. Candy is pretty good in this, Culkin and Hoffman are good as the younger kids. It's kind of hard to swallow a lot if Tia's actions, but I can't put that on Jean Louisa Kelly, even that considered she's ok, not particularly good. Metcalf does well as the oddball neighbor, a part she is usually pretty good at playing. But her oddball neighbor character doesn't come off as very real. Some weird writing choices, but over an okay film.
“Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face!”
Damn it I miss John Candy
Cute, harmless, hardly profound, nowhere near as good as I remember. Candy is terrific though.
John Candy + John Hughes = gold
I want Buck to be my uncle and break plates and stuff
- Oh man I miss John Candy
- Probably my least favourite movie directed by Hughes
- Plot was very predictable
- Some funny moments, just no laught out loud moments
- Favourite scene was Miles interrogating Buck
- The actors who played the Mom and Dad were awful
- Buck: "Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam"
Convinced for years this was a Christmas movie, John Hughes' Uncle Buck is more of an unplaceable family film told in non sequitur bits displaying the the comedic talents of John Candy. Traditionally you'd expect this to be a plot about how irresponsible Buck is as a baby sitter to his nieces and nephew and while he is slightly oblivious when it comes to doing laundry, he seems to have their best interests in heart. The moody and manipulative behavior of teenager Tia (Jean Louisa Kelly) causes a majority of the problems as she is embarrassed by her cigar smoking guardian and must rebel at his every request. No wonder her parents didn't want to take her along with them…
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